March 18, 2017

Reflections on the Second Annual Meeting of the ISS – Alonzo Huntsman

The second annual conference of the ISS convened in Charlotte to focus on the notion of the state/nation, its construction and how ideas of citizenship and belonging are understood and enforced. The topic could not have been more prescient given our own nation’s recent election […]
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. […]