CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern

Source of Information: CFP 2000-02-16
Date of Event: issue of a journal: autumn 2000
Location of event: n.a.
Deadline for papers: 2000-09-01


  			 Call for Submissions

The editors invite your submissions to the following special issue 
scheduled to appear in 2001. 

		"Sacrifice: Medieval and Early Modern"

Edited by David Aers, Sarah Beckwith, and Annabel Wharton
Volume 31 / Number 3 / Fall 2001

Anthropologists evolving their own interdisciplinary protocols in 
the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries considered 
sacrifice a defining component of those contemporary cultures which 
they regarded as inhabiting a premodern world. Within the culture 
known as Christianity, sacrifice has also been a defining distinction 
separating Catholic rituals and theologies from those of 
Protestants, for whom the Mass was no longer understood as a 
sacrifice. In the Kierkegaardian reading of Abraham and Isaac, 
sacrifice is definitive of faith itself, since to demand reasons 
for Abraham's sacrifice is to traduce the very nature of divinity. 
Central to definitions of faith, therefore, the notion of sacrifice 
is also central to a fideistic account of Christianity.
In devoting a special issue to the topic of sacrifice, we wish to 
explore this topic within the context of medieval cultures (Christian, 
pre-Christian, Judaic, Islamic, and/or their interactions), and as 
part of an exploration of the way in which medieval culture and its 
transformations have been perceived. Examples of the kinds of questions 
we are interested in include the following: questions of soteriology 
and atonement, the role of sacrifice in ritual and theater (in which 
an actor stands in for another), its role in formations of 
subjectivity and in the self-understanding of social groups, in 
exegesis, in the poetics of sacrifice in literary texts, and in the 
relation of modernity to premodernity. Are there antisacrificial 
understandings of atonement in the Middle Ages? What are the social 
and psychic consequences for political and cultural forms of the 
Reformed rejection of the Mass as a sacrifice?

Submission deadline (papers, not abstracts): 1 September 2000

Send two copies of the manuscript
double-spaced, including endnotes, following the style guidelines
of the Chicago Manual of Style (14th ed., esp. chap. 15 on
documentation). Papers accepted for publication will need to be
formatted more specifically, in hardcopy and diskcopy, according to
journal style. Any illustrations accompanying a manuscript must be
camera-ready, glossy prints and must be provided with permissions
for their reproduction no later than the submission deadline. For
return of manuscripts, please include an SASE. We do not consider
articles that have been published elsewhere or are under
simultaneous consideration with another publisher. Before
submitting, please also consult our statement of purpose on the
inside front cover of the journal or at our website.

Send submissions to:

Michael Cornett, Managing Editor
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Duke University
Box 90656
Durham, NC 27708

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