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Of Sacred Crossroads

Call for Publications

Theme: Of Sacred Crossroads
Subtitle: Cultural Studies and the Sacred
Publication: Open Cultural Studies
Date: Special Issue
Deadline: 15.3.2018

The seventh International Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads
conference held at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) was
themed “Of Sacred Crossroads”. The conference call for papers asked
for a consideration of issues surrounding the dialogue between
humanity and spirituality. In the face of increasing materialism and
consumerism, as well as the prevailing emphasis on science and
technology in contemporary society, participants contemplated the
politics of the intersection between Cultural Studies and the sacred,
while celebrating the intangible heritage of humankind--that found in
religion, art, dance, song, oratory, healing, re-creation,
performance, ritual, belief systems, ethics, globalization and
communication, among others. 

Cultural Studies is not a discipline that immediately calls to mind
reflection on matters of the sacred. However, since the 2008
iteration of the conference, issues of the sacred have continued to
be a concern amongst a community of Cultural Studies scholars.
Cultural Studies is known for identifying distinct,
multi-disciplinary perspectives, and in this special issue the papers
will demonstrate a willingness to critique the role of the sacred in
daily life and an openness to thinking about its representation in
everyday cultural expressions, from literature to music to food to
politics and beyond.

The Special Issue

This is a call for proposals to be published as a special issue that
concerns itself with offering new ways in which the sacred is
represented in the popular realm or communicated at the intersection
of the secularization of society and its inherent ideological,
philosophical, existential and methodological crises.

The issue will present a variety of voices, some new, some
experienced, all wrestling with ideas about and perspectives on the
sacred. The special issue will have a truly international scope, both
in subject and voice. Each essay will provide a different perspective
on the sacred, revealing, through a Cultural Studies lens, diversity
of practices, multifaceted nature of beliefs, ceremony, and ritual.

Details of Submission

Expressions of interest and submission of abstracts should be sent no
later than March 15, 2018 to the Editor, Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah at:

The final date for submission of full papers is April 30, 2018 via
the following online submission system:

On accessing the online submission system authors must select
"Special Issue:  Of Sacred Crossroads—Cultural Studies and the


Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah
Institute of Caribbean Studies
University of the West Indies
Mona Campus