Journal of Visual Theology is a peer-reviewed open access journal that provides a forum for the expression of independent and critical reflection on matters of current academic interest in iconology, hierotopy, ars sacra and religious imagery, as well as on visual aspects of the beliefs, practices and theological discourse of past and present.
The journal was founded in 2019 by Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University and registered with the Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (The mass media registration certificate PI № FS 77 - 75774 от 23.05.2019).
Publication frequency - 2 issues per year.
Materials on the following topics are accepted for publication in the journal (this list is not exhaustive and can be expanded):
- visual aspects of religious faith and theological doctrine
- Christian theology and religious philosophy of image
- theory of sign and sign communication in religion
- semiotics of sacred space (semantics, syntax, pragmatics), construction of sacred spaces (hierotopy)
- symbolism, semiotics and hermeneutics of religious practices: liturgy, ascetics, mysticism, sacramentology
- visual (non-verbal) languages of religious experience
- visual aspects of religious consciousness
- visual axiology of Christianity: analysis of the experience of the visual expression of norms and values in religious culture, of visual environment as a sphere of normative theological didactics, of the visual field of religious practice as a communicative axiology
- visual anthropology of Christianity, including the confessional, cultural and philosophical aspects of the presentation of religious identity
- visual theology and the humanities (aesthetics, history, archaeology, cultural studies, philology, geography, ethnology, sociology, ethics, art studies)
- semiotics and the aesthetics of the icon
- semiotics and the aesthetics of temple architecture
- sacred topography
- forms of visualization of religious morality
- methods and principles of the illustration of theological text
- visual metaphor and ekphrasis in religious text
- theatrical and cinematic forms of presentation of Christianity
- visual semiotics of religious holidays
- visual theology of everyday life
- theological hermeneutics of lived environment
- sacred urban studies
- methods of theological interpretation of the world as a work of art and visual text
- figurative techniques in verbal theological discourse
- theology of the verbal image
- semiotic analysis of religious imagery on coats of arms, seals, emblems, military banners, and banknotes;
- visual aspects of religious pedagogy
The journal accepts materials written in the following formats: article, article translations, essay, interview, research report, review, bibliographic review, scientific event report. It is also possible to publish materials presented in other formats.
The journal languages are Russian, English, German and French.
All materials are double-blind peer-reviewed.
Materials for publication in the journal are accepted at: email@example.com
All articles of the journal are assigned DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers), which greatly facilitates the processes of citation, searching and the localization of scientific publications.
Starting with the first issue, the "Journal of Visual Theology" will be indexed in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI). In addition, issues of the journal will be available in Google Scholar and CyberLeninka.