Call for Papers / Issue No. 33 (June 2024)

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Revista del CESLA. International Latin American Studies Review

Popular Saints and Pilgrimages: Christianity in Latin America

Guest editors: Roberta Bivar C. Campos (PPGA-UFPE, PPCIS-UERJ), Renata de Castro Menezes (PPGAS-MN/UFRJ), Cecília Lorêto Mariz (PPCIS-UERJ)


Religious manifestations involving devotion to the saints are as diverse as they are ancient, constituting one of the oldest practices of Christianity. From the veneration of the first Christian martyrs to the present day, the cult of saints occupies a prominent place, whether rooted in ancient traditions or when reinvented to adapt to new contexts.

This dossier is an invitation to reflect on this theme in the diverse Christian traditions of today. We intend to bring together papers that unveil a wide range of expressions in the sphere of Christianity in Latin America, in which both institutionalized and spontaneous faith are present. Despite their specificities, these dimensions are part of the same dynamic woven by tensions, disputes, and above all by reciprocal exchanges. They can happen in culturally and socially accepted spaces, but they can also arise spontaneously and in such an unusual and reinvented way that they unravel the conceptions of what is conventionally religious in Western society. In this way, works that bring historical and sociological perspectives about these dynamics will be very welcome. We also invite Authors to submit those of a more anthropological nature that recognize in devotion an intense communication that goes through looks, gestures, words, things and emotions, in a binding relationship that goes far beyond a punctual and interested exchange.

The interest in the investigation of devotions is associated with the possibility of articulating them to more general and current socioanthropological and historical debates, through empirical and comparative research. The emphasis is on the cult to the saints as it is lived and practiced, and not in its ideal-prescriptive dimension. Through its study, we intend to discuss the nuances and complexities of the forms of reciprocity that occur among the different people involved in devotions (which often involve self-sacrifice and self-surrender); the native ontologies about sanctity and the intertwining between the life of the saint and that of the devotee (which allows the establishment of games of construction of identities, subjectivities, and collectivities from different angles); as well as the various forms of socialization involved in these relationships.


The articles must be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English. We strongly advise authors to write in their mother tongue, if it is one of the journal’s official languages. The full versions of the manuscripts to be submitted to the external evaluation process, must be submitted by the authors anonymously into the Open Journal System (OJS) of Revista del CESLAInternational Latin American Studies Review before February 29, 2024.

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The Editorial Team of Revista del CESLA will be in charge of communicating to the authors the results of the evaluations, as well as of sending them the comments of the external experts.


Important Dates and Deadlines:

Reception of articles proposals: until February 29, 2024.

Response and comments of the evaluators: before April 30, 2024.

Delivery of corrected versions of accepted articles (if necessary): May 15, 2024.

Publication of Volume: June 30, 2024.