About the Journal

Arc is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually by the School of Religious Studies (formerly Faculty of Religious Studies), McGill University. Founded in 1973, the journal was restructured into a formal scholarly journal in 1990. In 2022 Arc shifted to a fully open-access format with the support of the McGill library. Accordingly, there are no fees associated with reading or publishing in Arc, and authors retain copyright over their articles.

Arc offers a space for innovative and original scholarly work that engages with: theology; comparative studies in religion; theory and method in the study of religion/theology; philosophy of religion; religion, law and politics; history of religions; sociology of religion; anthropology of religion; religious ethics; religion and literature; religion and art; religion and linuistics; studies of sacred texts; religion and health, interreligious studies.

Current Issue

Vol. 50 (2022): Arc: The Journal of the School of Religious Studies
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The theme for this fiftieth anniversary volume – “Looking Backward, Looking Forward” – offers a selection of articles that reflect on past conversations, present interventions, and the generative possibilities of both for the future. Opening the issue is Sydney Sheedy’s piece, which brings together ethnography and queer historiography to explore how the occult has come to be imagined as a kind of kin hermeneutic to queer politics. Next is Jonah Gelfand’s fascinating account of how liberal neo-Hasidic movements in America have managed to position themselves within a Hasidic lineage while simultaneously rejecting traditional Hasidic leadership models. Ndiaga Diop, writing in French, explores the notion of pluralism provided by the West African Sufi mystic Tierno Bokar. The following piece, co-authored by art education scholars Laurel Campbell, Jane E. Dalton, and Seymour Simmons III, argues for the future  dividends  of  addressing  spirituality  in  art  education.  The penultimate article, authored by Mark Glouberman, offers a compelling, albeit rather subversive, argument: the biblical creation of the earth and humanity should not be understood through the category of exceptionalism, nor should the election of Israel as God’s chosen people above all other nations. Closing the volume is Douglas Farrow’s incisive piece, which illustrates how Agamben’s work can be critically appropriated to advance our understanding of Pauline texts, Christian eschatology, and political theology more broadly.

Published: 2023-09-19

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Introduction from the Editors

Director's Address

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