3 Must-Read Journals at #SBLAAR16

To celebrate the 2016 joint meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, commencing in San Antonio, TX from November 19-22, we’re offering free access to special content from our religion and ancient history journals. For those attending #sblaar16 in person, don’t forget to visit UC Press at booth #710 to see our wide selection of books and journals in religious studies!

Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions

Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 3.18.30 PMMulti-discilpnary and international in scope, Nova Religio is a premier source of scholarship on alternative and emergent religions, religous groups, and religious movements. The journal is pleased offer a free sample issue that includes original research, literature reviews, and conference updates.

#sblaar16 attendees: Don’t miss a special reception hosted by the New Religious Movements Group and Nova Religio on Saturday, November 19, 7:00-9:00pm (Marriott Rivercenter, Conference Room 11, Level 3).



Religion & American Culture

Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 3.17.52 PMReligion & American Culture is devoted to promoting the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America. Understanding religious and social dynamics in American life has never been so important, especially in light of the 2016 presidential election. To contribute to undertsandings of a particular facet of American history and contemporary life—immigration—RAC offers free access to a virtual issue on Religion & Immigration in America

#sblaar16 attendees: The editors of RAC invite you join them at reception on Sunday, November 20, 8:00-10:00pm (Hyatt Regency-Rio Grande East, Ballroom Level).


Studies in Late Antiquity – Launching in February 2017!

unnamedStudies in Late Antiquity is the latest online, quarterly journal from UC Press launching in February 2017. The journal will publish scholarship on a wide range of topics pertaining to the world of Late Antiquity (150 – 750 CE), and a defining focus of the journal will be fostering multi- and interdisciplinary research that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the Mediterranean with other parts of the late ancient world.

Read Q&A’s with SLA‘s strong team of editors (and keep your eye out for them at the conference!):

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, Editor, UC Santa Barbara
Emily Albu, Associate Editor, UC Davis
Ra’anan Boustan, Associate Editor, UC Los Angeles
Susanna Elm, Associate Editor, UC Berkeley
Michele Salzman, Associate Editor, UC Riverside
Edward Watts, Associate Editor, UC San Diego
Ryan Abrecht, Book Reviews Editor, University of San Diego

Celebrate the CESNUR annual conference with Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions

4.cover-sourceIn honor of the 2016 annual meeting for the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), we are pleased to offer free access to the latest issue of Nova Religio: a special issue on New Religious Movements and the Visual Arts (Vol. 19, No. 4), guest-edited by CESNUR director, Massimo Introvigne.

Featuring seven articles and a guest-editor’s introduction, readers can enjoy free access to this special issue today through the end of the conference on July 10.


Table of Contents:

New Religious Movements and the Visual Arts 
Massimo Introvigne
An overview of the types of influence of new religious movements on artists, and artists who have created new religious movements.

Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Smile: The Artist Initiate in Esoteric New Religions
Per Faxneld
A discussion of the views of nineteenth-century art critics and other authors of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (La Gioconda) as containing hidden meanings and of Leonardo as an esotericist.

‘Theosophical’ Artistic Networks in the Americas, 1920-1950
Massimo Introvigne
Traces the networks of artists and persons in artistic circles in the Americas influenced by Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, and Agni Yoga.

Rose Cross, Saturn’s Menagerie and the Coal Mines of Silesia: Strange Visions of Teofil Ociepka
Karolina Maria Hess and Małgorzata Alicja Dulska
Introduces the fascinating visionary paintings of Teofil Ociepka (1891-1978), one of the Polish Naïve Art painters of Silesia. The fantastic flora and fauna in his paintings were influenced by his study of Western Esotericism and alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and a 1841 book by Jakob Lorber.

Esoteric Themes in the Artistic Works of Janina Kraupe
Izabela Trzcińsk
Discusses the art and esoteric thought of the internationally known Polish artist Janina Kraupe (1921-2016), and her appropriation of ideas from Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Zen Buddhism, and other alternative religious ideas in Poland. 

Cosmic Philosophy and the Arts: The Cosmic Movement and the Idéal et Réalité Circle
Boaz Huss
Describes the history and artistic philosophy of the Cosmic Movement founded by Max Théon (1848-1927) and his wife Théona (Mary Ware, 1843-1908) in the first decade of the 20th century, and its continuation in the Idéal et Réalité Circle in Paris.

Influence of Emanuel Swedenborg’s Religious Writings on Three Visual Artists 
Jane Williams-Hogan
Discusses the influence of the religious writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) on three significant visual artists: English sculptor and illustrator John Flaxman (1755-1826); French painter Paul Gauguin (1848-1903); and American sculptor Lee Bontecou (b. 1931).

‘All the Heavens in your Hands’: Oberto Airaudi and the Art of Damanhur
PierLuigi Zoccatelli
A photo essay depicting and explaining the religious significance of the “selfic paintings” of Italian artist Oberto Airaudi (1950-2013), known as Falco in the community that he founded near Turin, Italy named the Federation of Damanhur.

Want more articles from Nova Religio? Enjoy access to a free sample issue from now through December 2016.