The Abeng

Article and essay submissions may address any pertinent problem, topic, practices or phenomena in any historical period, including the contemporary situation. They may focus on any social-cultural complex or domain, including, but also going beyond, “religion.” Any disciplinary or field or transdisciplinary discourse may characterize a submission, as long as it reflects critical engagement of the framing ISS agenda. Please acquaint yourself with our ongoing research agendas prior to submission.


Word count: 5,000
Abstract: 150 words

Review Essays / Comments / In the News:

Word count: 1,000 to 2,000
Abstract: 50-75 words

File Format: Microsoft Word (Times New Roman, 12 point, Left Justified, Double-spaced)
Citations Format: Endnotes
Citations Style: Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition)

Materials must not have been submitted elsewhere.

For all other types of submissions (alternate media formats including audio and video, interviews, etc) please make contact with the editor.

Send submissions and inquiries to:

Editorial Mailing Address:

Institute for Signifying Scriptures
P.O. Box 93
Pasadena CA 91102

The Gumbé

The Gumbé is intended to both inform the ISS membership, and to engage the wider reading public. As an ISS “newsletter” it keeps our membership abreast of upcoming events and related member activities, and as a publicly accessible “blog” it engages serious readers in the critically relevant debates of our day. It is a place for mixed reading publics to interact and engage one another. While “comments” are limited to active ISS members, “letters to the editor” from nonmembers are published within 2-3 days of receipt. If you are a member and would like to contribute to The Gumbé, or make an announcement to the membership, please contact us.

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