2018 Religious Studies Publications and Grants

Chung-Kim, Esther. “Aid for Refugees: Religion, Migration, and Poor Relief in Sixteenth-Century Geneva.” Reformation & Renaissance Review, vol. 20, issue 1, 2018, pp. 4-17.

Abstract: During the sixteenth century, migration of mainly French Protestants into Geneva resulted in a significant refugee community dedicated to discipline and poor relief. This article examines the ongoing impact of migration on the formation of religious communities and their correlation with the development of poor relief funds in a leading Reformation city. The social dislocation of religious refugees fostered a high commitment to their new identity as advocates of the Reformed religion and proponents of poor relief for foreigners. John Calvin, chief minister and French immigrant, articulated his ideals for establishing a truly Christianized community through the institutions of the church, the consistory and the Bourse française (French Fund) to support the formation of a distinctive religious identity. This article argues that aid for the refugees became an integral part of establishing this religious and social reformation from the 1540s to the 1560s as waves of refugees landed in Geneva.


Chung-Kim, Esther. Review of All Things Made New: the Reformation and Its Legacy, by Diarmaid MacCulloch. Church History, vol. 87, issue 3, 2018, pp. 887-889.


External Grant: Chung-Kim, Esther. Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, Louisville Institute, 2018-2019.

Abstract: Louisville Institute's Sabbatical Grant for Researchers program (SGR) enables academics and scholarly religious leaders to conduct a major study that can contribute to the vitality of Christianity in North America. Grants of up to $40,000 support year-long research projects that address Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or adaptive challenges confronting religious institutions.

Martinez, Chloe. “36 Text Messages, 16 Missed Calls.” Poem. The Indianapolis Review, issue 6, fall 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “Afterlife.” Poem. Waxwing, issue XVI, fall 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “At the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Sacramento.” Poem. SWWIM Every Day, September 6, 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “The Autobiographical Pose: Life Narrative and Religious Transformation in the Mirabai Tradition.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, vol. 41, issue 2, 2018, pp. 418-434.

Abstract: The literary corpus of the sixteenth-century North Indian bhakti poet-saint Mirabai has grown over time as devotees have used (and continue to use) her name, life story and first-person voice in poems. Drawing on hagiographies, written and oral poems, printed collections and performative engagements with Mira, I argue that these moments of autobiographical ‘posing’ reveal autobiography as powerful for speaking about religious transformation, in particular the issues of authority, experience and critique. Furthermore, the centrality of autobiographical speech in the tradition is linked to an increasing emphasis on Mira as a figure of religious transformation, and bhakti itself as a transformative path.


Martinez, Chloe. “Durer’s ‘Saint Jerome in His Study’” and “On the Train from Vienna to Budapest.” Poems. The American Journal of Poetry, vol. 5, July 1, 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “The Jade Cicada.” Poem. The Indianapolis Review, issue 6, fall 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “Mirror Room, Mehrangarh Fort.” Poem. Four Way Review, issue 14, fall 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “The New Mother, in California Before the End Times.” Poem. Cagibi, issue 3, July 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of Ghazal Cosmopolitan: the Culture & Craft of the Ghazal, by Shadab Zeest Hashmi. RHINO Reviews, vol. 1, no. 7, December 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of I’m so Fine, by Khadijah Queen. RHINO Reviews, vol. 1, no. 2, July 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of Nightbloom & Cenote, by Leslie Contreras Schwartz. RHINO Reviews, vol. 1, no. 1, June 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of Quarry Cross, by Robin Behn. RHINO Reviews, vol. 1, no. 6, November 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, by Peg Alford Pursell. RHINO Reviews vol. 1, no. 3, August 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. Review of Tiller North by Rosa Lane. RHINO Reviews, vol. 1, no. 4, September 2018.


Martinez, Chloe. “Seal Beach.” Poem. SWWIM Every Day, June 28, 2018.

Velji, Jamel. Review of Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions, by Christian Lange. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 81, issue 1, 2018, pp. 135-137.