Current Call for Submissions


In addition to its regular content explaining and commenting on a wide range of topics, Canopy Forum also publishes thematic series addressing issues at the intersection of law and religion from a range of perspectives. These series explore important current concerns through a series of essays or other multimedia content published over the course of several days or weeks, and aim to spark further conversations among our readers about how best to think about and deliberate on these questions.



COVID Restrictions and the Religious Provision of Social Goods

Submit by 12/31/21

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring the effects of COVID restrictions on the religious provision of social goods. Much of the discussion of COVID restrictions has focused on religious freedom rights connected to individual belief and group worship. But COVID restrictions may also have limited crucial ministries of religious groups and organizations that provide a range of economic assistance and social services in their communities.

How have COVID restrictions (lockdowns, masking, vaccine requirements, etc.) affected the provisions goods, services, and ministries by religious bodies? Have religious organizations sought exemptions to continue to provide these goods, which can be substantial forms of material and other support, alongside state resources, in the pandemic? How have religious bodies sustained their social ministries in new ways? These are just some of the questions that might be explored in essays addressing how religious liberty in COVID affects not only civil and political dimensions of religious freedom, but also crucial economic and social ministries.

Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to this topic, and may focus on any region, jurisdiction, or religious community/tradition.  Submissions should be between 1,500-2,000 words (though longer pieces may be considered) and written in a generally accessible style, with embedded links rather than footnotes for supporting materials.

Submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis, with submissions received before Nov. 15, 2021 Essays may be submitted through the author portal on the Canopy Forum website. Submissions received before December 31, 2021 will be given full consideration.   

Further inquiries should be sent to canopyforum@emory.edu.


Religious Freedom and Religious Speech on Social Media and the Internet

Submit by 11/30/21

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring religious freedom and religious speech on social media and the internet. Recent headlines have reported concerns of religious leaders over censorship of religious speech online. In recent months, these concerns have often focused on the censorship of traditional and conservative religious perspectives by social media platforms, but such practices impact religious speech of a range of views. Examples of relevant topics could include: Is religious speech being censored online? What and who defines online speech as religious? Should religious speech or speech about religion be treated differently from other speech online? What role should the State, internet publishers, or internet service providers play in policing religious speech? Do different legal jurisdictions around the world take a more permissive or restrictive view of protected religious speech, or freedom of speech more generally, when it comes to online dissemination? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related religious freedom and religious speech online.

Canopy Forum welcomes submissions from experts in the field(s) of law and religion, as well as other relevant disciplines, such as theology, ethics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and other fields. Submissions should be between 1,500-2,000 words (though longer pieces may be considered) and written in a generally accessible style, with embedded links rather than footnotes for supporting materials.

Submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis, with submissions received before Nov. 30, 2021 preferred. Submit your essay below.


Religious Holidays and Their Recognition

Submit by 11/30/2021

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring the recognition of religious holidays in legal, social, business, and educational settings. As the end-of-year holiday season approaches and people of many different faiths prepare for celebrations with friends, family, and colleagues — in many cases after a hiatus after more than a year of COVID — it seems time to take stock of current law and religion issues relating to religious holidays, public practices, and institutional permissions to observe what is for many a season of the sacred. Examples of relevant topics could include: How are holidays legally represented and recognized in specific jurisdictions, cultures, or institutions? What problems currently affect the observance of religious holidays in schools, workplaces, and other public settings? Are the rights of minority religions and secular preferences respected in such a climate? What are best practices for overcoming what have come to be known as the annual “culture wars” over religious holidays?

Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to the recognition, practice, and observance of religious holidays, and may focus on any region, jurisdiction, or religious community/tradition. Submissions should be between 1,500-2,000 words (though longer pieces may be considered) and written in a generally accessible style, with embedded links rather than footnotes for supporting materials.

Submissions received before November 30, 2021 will be given full consideration. Submit your essay below.


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canopyforum@emory.edu


Please use the below form to submit your work

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