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Conversations on Scripturalizing

Video recordings from two ISS-related events are now available for your viewing. Click on the images for more details. Symposium on Slavery and Dispossession The Carlos Museum@Emory University Sep 29-Oct 21, 2021 White Men’s Magic as Slavery: The Politics of Acquisition, Exhibition, and Scholarship “Masquerade: […]

BURTON L MACK—A PERSONAL TRIBUTE

Burton L. Mack has passed from us. His life (1931-2022), like every life, was, over the passage of time, different aspects of different selves. I was privileged to know a few of the aspects of the selves of Burton Mack (beautifully complemented by the smart […]

Upcoming Lecture

Vincent L. Wimbush, Scholar of Religion and Director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, will give a Zoom lecture on the study of religion, with Q&A to follow. This lecture is intended to account for the practices, dynamics, operations, and effects—including the patho-logics and politics […]

Scripturalizing from the Senate Floor

Warnock’s Senate speech on Voting Rights is stunning, masterful in many respects. (Shows among other things what has always been the potential of–and high hopes for–radically free Black preacher rhetorics. And on the floor of the U.S. Senate, no less!)  Many points can be made about […]

“Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh”

“Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh,” the exhibition, is open to all online. Click on the image/link to browse: http://pitts.emory.edu/masquerade This exhibition invites the viewer to consider how we produce and make use of “scriptures” understood broadly as cultural discourse and media. This means seeing scriptures […]

Watch: Conversations on Caste and Race

In 𝘊𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, Isabel Wilkerson brings together the freighted categories of “race” and “caste” and argues that, while the two are not synonymous, they “can and do coexist in the same culture and serve to reinforce each other.” Wilkerson suggests that […]

Publish with ISS

The ISS Book Series will be part of the ISS way of extending and deepening and focusing conversation about issues that matter. The success of the venture will depend on your willingness to contribute. ISS asks all of you to consider contributing to the series. […]

MR. GEORGE FLOYD—AMERICAN SCRIPTURE

In the wake of the court proceedings and jury decision regarding the killing of Mr. George Floyd, a friend of many years asked me what thoughts I had. He had in mind more specifically whether I thought that any real changes might now be set […]

ISS Book Series

Scripturalization:Discourse, Formation, PowerNew Series at Lexington/Fortress Academic This new book series aims to model for our times a new kind of scholarship—creative, disciplinarily transgressive, intellectually and politically interruptive. It is committed to radical excavation of the psycho-politics and -logics, the dynamics and mimetics/performances, the perduring […]