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.



Exploring Identities: Religious Freedom, Religious Liberty, & the Law

Submit by 08/01/2022

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring religious freedom and religious liberty in relation to identity. There have been many works published recently that explore recent legislation pertaining to identity (e.g. race, gender, and sexuality), such as that concerning critical race theory, sex and sexuality education, and reproductive choices, and we are hoping to solicit pieces that highlight and further this work. Examples of relevant topics could include: What is the role of religion, if any, in shaping law and legislation? How might religion impact and shape our understanding of identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality? How might religious freedom and religious liberty inform how we interpret recent legislation around identity? What, if any, are the legal precedents for such cases? What are the potential consequences of laws and legislation such as these? How might religious and legal scholars and practitioners respond to such legislation? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to identity.

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 August 1, 2022 preferred. Submit your essay below.


Unpacking Kennedy v. Bremerton: Religious Freedom and Public Prayer

Submit by 08/01/2022

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring Kennedy v. Bremerton School District and public prayer, especially that which occurs in educational settings. There have been works published recently that speak to this case, and we are hoping to solicit pieces that highlight and further this work. Examples of relevant topics could include: What are the legal precedents for a case on public prayer? What is the role of the educational setting in this case? What is the relationship between public prayer and religious freedom? Where do we draw the line between what is permitted and what may encroach on another’s freedom? How do the public sphere and private sphere interact when it comes to legislation around religious freedom and prayer? How might we understand this case from a religious perspective? Given the legal and religious history, how might we understand prayer in this case? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to prayer.

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 August 1, 2022 preferred. Submit your essay below.


Clothed in Religion: Religion, Law, and Religious Attire/Garb

Submit by 08/01/2022

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring religion, law, and religious attire. There have been works published recently that address the prohibition of hijabs in spaces in France, a secular country, and India, a Hindu majority country, as well as beard restrictions for Sikh service members in the military, and we are hoping to solicit pieces that highlight and further this work. Examples of relevant topics could include: How does religion shape legislation around religious attire? How does secularism shape legislation around religious attire? How does religion inform one’s personal choices around attire and expression? How do religion and the law interact in different countries, and how does that manifest in legislation around religious attire? How might the free exercise of religion and other claims impact our understanding of efforts to limit and prohibit religious attire/garb in certain spaces? How do the public sphere and private sphere interact when it comes to legislation around religious expression and religious attire? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to religious attire.

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 August 1, 2022 preferred. Submit your essay below.


Who Does the Healing?: Religion, Law, Healthcare, and Medicine

Submit by 08/01/2022

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring religion, law, healthcare, and medicine. There have been works published recently that address both faith-healing exemptions and religious freedom in relation to medical care, and we are hoping to solicit pieces that highlight and further this work. Examples of relevant topics could include: How do religion and law interact as it relates to healthcare and medicine? What are the legal and religious precedents for faith-healing exemptions? How do religion and the medical care system interact in faith-healing exemption cases? What are the religious and legal concerns as it relates to options for those in the medical field to deny care? How does religion inform healthcare decisions and impact the work of healthcare providers? How does religion inform the healthcare decisions made by those receiving care? What is the role of clergy and religious practitioners in serving those with health concerns and what are the legal limitations? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to healthcare and medicine.

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 August 1, 2022 preferred. Submit your essay below.


Religion and US Empire

Submit by 07/25/2022

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring themes present in the upcoming book Religion and US Empire: Critical New Histories. We are hoping to solicit pieces that highlight and further this work. Examples of relevant topics could include: What is the relationship between American religion and empire? How did imperialism shape religion in the U.S.? How did religion shape and inform U.S. imperialism? How was religion used as a means of resisting U.S. imperialist efforts in different religions, territories, and countries (including but not limited to the Caribbean, Michigan, Liberia, Oklahoma, Hawai’i, and the Philippines)? What is the relationship between capitalism, imperialism, and religion in the U.S. today? Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to religion and empire.

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 July 25, 2022 preferred. Submit your essay below.


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