The Penn State University Press announces a partnership with the Institute for Signifying Scriptures to publish Signifying (on) Scriptures, a book series edited by Vincent L. Wimbush. This series invites and challenges scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines to engage the phenomenon of signifying in relation to the complex notion of “scriptures.” Moving away from traditional scriptural exegesis, this series embraces the mission of the Institute to look at world traditions, cultures, and their scriptures through a critical and self-reflexive social-cultural lens. We invite authors to consider and interpret how peoples—particularly, but not exclusively, the historically dominated—construct, communicate, and interpret meanings about themselves and the world. This call will foster multidisci- plinary, comparative, and sociopolitically engaged thinking, research, and writing about scriptures— what they are, how they were invented, what we make them do for us, how they are represented, and their effects on global society and culture, both today and throughout history. Such explorations will help to broaden the exciting and expanding discourse on how scriptures and the meanings that emerge out of cultural or individual “signification” on scriptures become vectors for understanding, establishing, communicating, sometimes undermining, sometimes securing identities, positions,
agency, and power in the world.

The Signifying (on) Scriptures Book Series was previously published in partnership with the Rutgers University Press.

Series  Editor

Vincent L. Wimbush
Professor of Religion
Director, Institute for Signifying Scriptures
Claremont Graduate University

Series  Advisory Board

William E. Deal
Case Western Reserve University

Grey Gundaker
College of William & Mary

Tazim Kassam
Syracuse University

Wesley Kort
Duke University

Laurie Patton
Duke University

R. S. Sugirtharajah
University of Birmingham, UK
  Questions or submissions should be directed to the Penn State Press:

Kathryn B. Yahner, Acquisitions Editor
Penn State Press
820 N. University Dr.
USB 1, Suite C
University Park, PA 16802


or to the series editor:

Vincent L. Wimbush
Institute for Signifying Scriptures
Claremont Graduate University
1017 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Submissions should take the form of a three- to five-page proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope, its relation to other work on the topic, and the audience(s) you have in mind. Please also include your current CV, annotated table of contents, and one or two sample chapters, if available. Proposals for consideration should be sent through postal mail. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Recent publications in the Book Series include:
Understanding the Qurʾanic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age (2013)
Finding Kluskap: A Journey into Mi'kmaw Myth (2013)
Divining the Self: A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness (2012)

Publications of the book series previously published by the Rutgers University Press include:
Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon, edited by Vincent L. Wimbush (February, 2008)
The Social Life of Scriptures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism, edited by James S. Bielo (September, 2009)

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