March 13, 2017

Call for Papers

The Abeng: A Journal of Transdisciplinary Criticism (Winter 2018) 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 […]
July 9, 2016

Lalruatkima Responds to the Huffington Post’s Recent Article on the Legally Enforced Rape of Two Indian Women

­The recent Huffington Post article (“Indian Tribunal Orders 2 Sisters Raped as Punishment for Brother’s Elopement,” August 28, 2015) about the rape-for-elopement punishment meted by an all-male village council in India was both disturbing and confusing. For those keyed in on the recurring reports of […]
July 9, 2016

Katie Van Heest Responds to Vincent Wimbush’s: “It’s Scripturalization, Stupid!”

Yes, I agree that “religion” and “theology” are categories that dull the analysis and turn people off—specialists and the general public alike. So your offering of “scripturalism” and “scripturalization” (maybe the former a subcategory of the latter) addresses a real problem in cultural engagement, whether […]
July 9, 2016

Vincent Wimbush Responds to the Recent NYT article on ISIL’s “Theology of Rape”: It’s Scripturalization, Stupid!

The recent article in the NYT (“ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape,” August 13, 2015) about the rape of Yazidi girls and women by elements within ISIS and their appeal to the Quran for its justification rendered me at first nearly paralyzed and without words. […]
July 9, 2016

Richard Newton – Reflections on the ISS – Scriptures at Its Root

Hello, and welcome to our continuing series, “Reflections on the ISS.” This series features personal essays and informal ruminations on the past, present and future work of the ISS. While all of the posts have been written by scholars and intellectuals of a variety of […]
July 9, 2016

Katie Van Heest – Reflections on the ISS – Ten Years In

Hello, and welcome to the inaugural feature of what will be our ongoing series, “Reflections on the ISS.” Over the next several months, we will be posting a series of essays and personal reflections on the work produced by the ISS during its first decade. […]