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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Call for Papers: Journal of the Bible and Its Reception

I just received this notice from my friend Ovidiu Creanga who is promoting a new journal. If you're interested in a topic related to the Bible and the construction of masculinity, consider submitting:
Dear all,
I’m very pleased to be able to attach the final versions of the JBR flyers and call for papers. These have been posted to our Twitter account this morning (@degruyterTRS), and we would be very pleased to have you distribute these as widely as possible.

Also, an update on the special issues planned for 2015: the Masculinities issue will be scheduled for autumn 2015, which means that the deadline for submissions is 1 September 2014. This includes both solicited and unsolicited submissions. We can discuss the timeline further in due course. 
Thank you all once again for your hard work in helping us get this special issue off the ground. We look forward to seeing the first issue of JBR out in a few short weeks!
Making Men: The Reception of the Bible in the Construction of Masculinities in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Con/Texts
Editors: Dr. Ovidiu Creanga, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC
Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds, UK
Prof. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit, VU University Amsterdam & Utrecht University

Research in the construction of masculinities in biblical texts is a growing field, building on earlier research into women and their roles in biblical texts and the world of the Bible. More often than not, questions regarding the construction of masculinities in biblical texts are raised precisely because of the reception of biblical texts in the construction of masculinities in contemporary contexts. This special issue of the Journal of the Bible and Its Reception aims to shed new light on this area of research. It encourages interdisciplinary analysis of the interrelationship between the reception of biblical texts in the process of the construction of masculinities in the context of diverse ethnic, cultural, and social settings as well as in relation to questions of sexuality, race, and class. Contributions will focus on the study of masculinities in scriptural texts, the construction of mascu-linities in historical and contemporary religious communities, and on the role of religion and representation of masculinities in contemporary popular culture.

Key areas of research for this special issue will include:
► Appropriating scripture and (re)making men in contemporary cultural con/texts
► Scriptural masculinities in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic con/texts
► Methodology, biblical reception, and masculinity

Submit your paper!
The editors of this special issue invite scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 9,000 words including endnotes) accompanied by an abstract summarizing the argument and significance of the research (not exceeding 100 words). All articles will undergo a thorough peer-review process. Submis-sions for the Open Access “Reports from the Field” section of the journal may include reviews of print publications, art exhibitions, visual or musical perfor-mances as well as interviews, project reports, and state-of-the-field articles. Re-view essays, interviews, and reports should not exceed 1,000 words; state-of-the-field articles may be up to 7,000 words in length.

Please check De Gruyter’s website for further details and submission guidelines:
For manuscripts submitted online, please include a cover letter specifying that the article should be considered for inclusion in the special issue “Making Men.”

The deadline for submissions is 1 September 2014.
Please contact Prof. Dr. Peter-Ben Smit with any questions about this special issue:


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