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Open Theology: Topical Issue on Religious Recognition

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Heikki J. KoskinenRitva Palmén and Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki / Academy of Finland, Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Recognition).


Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue "Religious Recognition", under the general editorship of Heikki J. Koskinen, Ritva Palmén and Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki / Academy of Finland, Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Recognition).

Contemporary recognition theory is primarily based on the foundational writings of Charles Taylor and Axel Honneth. Taylor’s “Politics of Recognition” and Honneth’s Struggle for Recognition were both originally published in 1992. Earlier references to the notion of recognition and an essentially dialogical understanding of human personhood can be found in J. G. Fichte (1762–1814) and G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831). Today, recognition theory constitutes an established interdisciplinary framework for both systematic and historically-oriented work.

We invite contributions from various disciplines discussing the concepts and phenomena of recognition and tolerance in religion or religiously relevant contexts. Topics may include, but need not be limited to:

  • Historical analyses of the encounters and forms of recognition in religions and between representatives of different religions
  • Systematic discussions of recognition in the field of religion

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • no publication fees,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions. 


Submissions are due July 30, 2016.

To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Please choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Religious Recognition”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Heikki J. Koskinen at heikki.koskinen@helsinki.fi or Ritva Palmén at ritva.palmen@helsinki.fi. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.