Marginalia brings rigorous academic analysis to the digital commons, providing thoughtful and accessible writing on ideas, religion, and culture. We welcome scholars who wish to serve as public intellectuals in a complementary but wider-reaching forum than traditional academic journals. Our articles have been read and assigned by White House staffers and members of the European parliament, and have been taught at colleges and universities across the world.
About Marginalia Forums
Marginalia has published, or has forthcoming, forums on a variety of issues and books in religion and the humanities, featuring leading scholars as contributors and guest editors.
In keeping with our mission, we would like essays of 1,500 – 3,00 words, from an average of 6-8 contributors for each forum. If the forum concerns a book, we also invite a response from the author(s) of the book. Forums provide non-specialists with accessible writing on the selected topic or book, fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and public understanding of the theme or book’s importance. Each essay therefore brings the contributor’s scholarly expertise and specialization to the general reader. For this reason, we ask contributors to omit footnotes or the scholarly conventions of academic articles. We want scholars to explain to interested readers—other academics, journalists, and general readers—why their topic matters.
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The essays will be published online, but authors will retain copyright of their material. One of Marginalia’s forums, Defining Israel, was published in 2018 with Hebrew Union College/University of Pittsburgh Press as a volume entitled Defining Israel: Sources and Reflections on the Nation-State Law.