Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation


 Edited by Julie Byrne, Tracy Fessenden, Philip Goff, Laura Levitt, Matthew Avery Sutton, Peter J. Thuesen, and Judith Weisenfeld, this semiannual publication explores the interplay between religion and other spheres of American culture. The journal embraces a diversity of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives. Although concentrated on specific topics, articles illuminate larger patterns, implications, or contexts of American life. Religion and American Culture is devoted to promoting the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America.

At this year’s Biennial Conference, we are pleased to invite advanced graduate students to present on their research at the opening night dessert reception sponsored by the Center’s journal, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation.  Up to 10 graduate students will be selected to provide 3-4 minute mini-presentations describing their project and the import and impact of their work on American religion.  The journal seeks to publish work that revises or considerably extends our understanding of the relationship between religion and other aspects of American culture, so presentations need to focus on that goal.  Following the presentations, the graduate students will receive feedback and engagement from senior scholars as well as the other attendees of the conference.  The graduate students who are chosen for the Emerging Scholars Panel will receive a year-long subscription to the journal.  Most importantly, the Emerging Scholars panel will provide the graduate student attendees the opportunity to connect with other graduate students across the country and share their research with interdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners in the fields of American studies and religion. For full consideration, graduate students must submit their 300-400 word submission by 11:59p ET on March 1, 2024.

Submission Guidelines for Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 

The editors of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation welcome submission of articles that deal with religion in its American contexts from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives. Although articles may deal with specifically focused topics, events or persons, they should be written in a way that casts light on broad patterns or implications of American life. Articles should be fully documented and contain a clear thesis or argument. Articles should be based on original research and must contradict, complicate, or significantly extend our current understanding of the relationship between religion and other aspects of American culture.

Manuscripts will not be considered for publication that are currently under consideration by other journals or presses or if they have been published, or are soon to be published, elsewhere. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, its appearance in Religion and American Culture must precede publication elsewhere.

All manuscript submissions should conform to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Endnotes are preferred to footnotes. Do not use parenthetical citations.

All articles submitted to Religion and American Culture must include an abstract, no longer than 250 words, on the first page of the manuscript. The abstract should not merely tell what the article is about. It should also state the problem being addressed, the thesis being argued, and the type of evidence being employed.

Manuscripts generally should be 25-35 pages in length, double-spaced.

Because submissions are double-anonymously evaluated at several levels, the abstract, pages (including title page), and notes should not include author identification.Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint extracts and reproduce illustrations. The permissions must be supplied with the final manuscript, if accepted for publication. All necessary credits and acknowledgments must be included.

R&AC accepts only electronic submissions in Word format.

Please address all queries and editorial correspondence to: raacjrnl@iupui.edu.

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