Call for Paper for a forthcoming issue on Sacred Spaces in the Americas, Review of International American Studies (RIAS) journal

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2022 to July 31, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Native American History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies

Call for Papers: Sacred Spaces in the Americas, Review of International American Studies (RIAS)
Upcoming issue: Vol. 17, Spring - Summer 1/2023
Edited by: Lucie Kýrová and Nathaniel R. Racine

“Human societies come and go on this earth and any prolonged occupation of a geographical region will produce shrines and sacred sites discerned by the occupying people, but there will always be a few sites at which the highest spirits dwell.”
                                                                                                                                              Vine Deloria, Jr., God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, 279.

The connections between the spiritual and natural world and the temporality and permanence of sacred places, as articulated by Vine Deloria, Jr., have found constant expression throughout the colonial history of the Americas. As European settlement advanced, many sites sacred to the Indigenous peoples were abandoned, destroyed, forcibly transformed, or left in obscurity for their own protection, only to gain new meanings within the conquering or enslaved cultures taking root.

The editors of RIAS invite scholars, community leaders, and activists to submit articles for its spring 2023 issue, entitled “Sacred Spaces in the Americas,” which will explore questions surrounding the nature of sacredness, its temporality and permanence. What constitutes the “sacred”? Where do we encounter hallowed spaces in the modern environment? How are these spaces endowed with meaning and why? How do they function as centers of activity and shared values? In what way(s) do they relate to other sacred sites and the larger world of non-sacred places surrounding them?

Please, read the full call for papers here:

Abstracts and article proposals should be submitted to the OJS system by January 31, 2022.
Notification of acceptance will be made by February 21, 2022.
Completed articles (approximately 6,000 - 9,000 words, written in English) are due by June 20, 2022.

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Lucie Kýrová
Charles University, Czech Republic

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