The Other Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual or performance art that encounter life through the lens of theology and culture; we seek pieces that consider the interaction of faith with contemporary life, art, politics, sexuality, technology, economics, and social justice. We are particularly interested in works which present creative, alternative views that may otherwise fall outside the margins of mainstream narratives. And although we primarily focus on perspectives within the Christian tradition, we invite dialogue with all who are interested in exploring the ongoing role of faith and spirituality in the world.
The Other Journal addresses a new theme in each issue. We select content that is thematically relevant, imaginative, well-researched, and of first-rate quality. If you are interested in contributing, please read our issue-specific themes below and browse our archives for a better sense of the content that we accept.
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Spring 2014: The Geography Issue
Submissions Due March 1, 2014
Land is of central concern to the people of God. Indeed, the whole of the Hebrew scriptures would be nearly unintelligible were this theme removed. To inhabit a particular place and to identify with that place constitutes something of the basis of the Jewish way of life from which the Christian church emerged. Yet the role of place is also complicated within the narrative of the scriptures as individuals at times are asked to sacrifice their locatedness for mission or are disconnected from their home by exile.
Our perspectives on the idea of place, location, and geography have profoundly shifted since God spoke to Abraham of the promised land or since Jesus shook the sand from an inhospitable town from his sandals. Deterritorialization, virtual worlds, cyberspace, air flight, and galactic exploration have changed how we see our world, and yet contested borders, walls and fences, private property and real estate bubbles, food scarcity, mobilization and technological advances, and the ceaseless contest for natural resources point to the fact that land remains of utmost importance. Moreover, current trends toward cultivating urban spaces, rebuilding devastated and dilapidated neighborhoods, and renewed commitments to location point to a rediscovery of the importance of place for human flourishing and wholeness.
In this our twenty-third issue of the journal, we welcome essays, artwork, and creative writing aimed at a further understanding of the connection between geography (or land) and our lives and souls. Namely, how does our landscape form us and what role does place play in the development of our religious expressions? How do architecture or topography contribute to the shaping of confession and to our community and personal relations? If land is a key aspect of faith, then what might this mean for the way we interact with our world and how we know ourselves in relation to it? Do recent trends in urban renewal and redevelopment represent a heightened awareness of the care we must take of our space, or are these movements simply another step toward disenfranchisement and dislocation of minority populations through gentrification? From labor to finance, rural fields to skyscrapers, the mundane to the sophisticated, the highly technologized home to the farmhouse, the kitchen table to the shopping mall food court or the urban food desert, we are interested in the many and multifaceted ways that geography gives shape and content to our lives.