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Scripturalization and the Performance of the Scriptural

Why is the mimetically scriptural presumed to be good, asks Vincent Wimbush in this response to the Religious Studies Project’s interview with Richard Newton on “Roots as Scripture and Scriptures as Roots.” Read more at:

In Memoriam


ISS Annual Meeting 2021

The Annual Meeting-2021 of the ISS will move to an online format. Our conversation at this meeting will focus on the “Constitution,” a theme that underscores much of the current cultural politics around the world. In order to ensure access to the meeting, we encourage […]


Professors are planning a work stoppage and virtual, public teach-in on police violence and racism next month. Read more about this at For more information:Website: Scholarstrike.comTwitter:@Scholarstrike@antheabutler@TheTattooedProfYouTube Channel: ScholarStrikeFacebook: ScholarStrike

Remembering John Lewis (1940-2020)

In Honor and Memory of John Lewis (1940-2020), eloquent interpreter of American Scriptures and Founding Figure of the Modern World (in which Black Lives Matter):


Registration for the #BlackScholarsMatter Symposium is now open. The symposium will be open to all, SBL members and colleagues in the wider guild. Please note that registration link is unique to a specific session and each is limited to 1000 registrations. To attend both sessions, […]

American Constantine

June 2, 2020 “Ah, Constantine, how much evil you gave birth to, not in your conversion, but in that Donation.” So wrote Dante (Inferno, Canto 19) in the fourteenth century about the fabrication, the “fake news,” that helped consolidate and justify the worldly power of […]

In Memoriam – Charles H. Long

We have lost a dear friend and wonderful supporter of ISS. Charles H. Long was a distinguished scholar of religions reassessing the intellectual terrain for many others to probe and articulate the field. He took keen interest in the work of the ISS and participated […]

ISS Annual Meeting (Memphis 2019) – a summary

With its rich history in the rhythms, sounds, and seasonings of the U.S. experience, Memphis TN provided a great setting for Fourth Annual Meeting of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures. ISS members and friends gathered over the February 21–23 weekend in Memphis to deliberate and […]

Why attend the ISS Annual Meetings

If you are still undecided about attending the ISS Annual Meeting to be held, Feb. 21-23, consider the opportunity to meet and network with a group of cutting-edge and transgressive scholars, thinkers, and artistes. Up close and personal interactions along with collaborative work have become […]