The Abeng is a peer-reviewed journal of transdisciplinary criticism published by the Institute for Signifying Scriptures. Published annually, The Abeng invites article and essay submissions that engage the theme of the ISS annual meeting. The 2017 meeting was dedicated to the theme of “Nation/State.”
We invite submissions that focus on any social-cultural complex or domain, including, but also going beyond, “religion,” as long as it is placed in relation to, or within the context of, the Nation/State. All disciplinary approaches and fields of inquiry are welcome. We encourage submissions that take up any pertinent problem, topic, practice or phenomena in any historical period, including the contemporary situation, in relation to the organizing theme.
The Abeng is named after and inspired by the call and response dynamic of maroons in the African diaspora, who used the abeng (an animal horn) to initiate and announce communal gatherings. To that end we initiate two “calls,” and invite responses to either.
We invite submissions of this kind to continue that conversation. Submissions should be between 100 and 1000 words in length, and work as stand-alone pieces of writing. The estampa can, and perhaps should, include a 100-150 word “setup” that contextualizes it. They should illuminate important aspects of scripturalization and the Nation/State, but not require further explication or exegesis. Submissions may reflect real people, places and events; or fictional (but plausible) ones. The editors encourage authors to experiment with the genre and topic to bring to the fore forms of criticism and points of view that aren’t always present or evident in academic writing.
An example of what might be done with an estampa is available on the ISS blog—the Gumbé (http://www.signifyingscriptures.org/the-gumbe).
We encourage both traditional and non-traditional academic submissions, and are open to a variety of approaches to this year’s theme, though we ask that all submissions make a good faith effort to “hear” one of these two calls and “respond” in kind. Essays should be no more than 6,000 words (exceptions will be granted if they are warranted), and follow standard Chicago citation.
Please direct all questions to C. Travis Webb: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: September 9th, 2017.