Signifying (on) Scriptures



About this Series

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 multidisciplinary, 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.

We invite manuscripts that explore what and how scriptures signify in and on cultures, in correlation with the ways that people understand, establish, and communicate their identities, agency, and power in the world. The series places a special, but not exclusive, focus on historically dominated communities worldwide.

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.

For further information, please contact Vincent Wimbush, series editor at, or Kathryn Yahner, Acquisitions Editor at, Penn State Press.

Vincent Wimbush

Advisory Board:
William E. Deal
E. Grey Gundaker
Tazim Kassam
Wesley A. Kort
Laurie Patton
R. S. Sugirtharajah

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