The ambition of the new journal is to contribute to new research and interpretations of Christian Social Practice with and among the marginalised. To hear, interpret and communicate the voices in the field and to analyze its social and political context there is both a need for a strong academic collaboration and a qualified discussion of methodology. The journal looks forward to have contributions elaborating such topics. Because of the complexity of the practice field, we are especially interested in interdisciplinary research. We also welcome contributions on biblical, ethical, dogmatic and contextual theologies, historical, social scientific and practical aspects of the diaconia and Christian social practice. The journal has the European origin but global interest to invite all interested parties to study the field. Studies in diaconia and Christian social practice are done in many countries within different kinds of institutions. We therefore think it is time to start and hope for a positive response both from research and from practice. Young scholars and doctoral students are invited to present their research. The new journal will be referee-based. We will accept traditional academic articles, but there will also be a section related to specific practice reports (S. 4).
Das klingt doch wirklich gut. Wissenschaftlicher Anspruch durch peer-review. Betonung der Interdisziplinarität. Internationalität (die gerade uns Deutschen sicherlich gut tun wird). Und eine Rubrik für „Essays and Reports from Practice“. Dazu heißt es:
This section aims to provide an opportunity to hear, interpret and communicate the different new and emerging voices in the field of research on Christian social practice and to share fresh analysis of the social and political, cultural and religious context with a Diaconal perspective. The essays in this section should shortly put forward a particular viewpoint on a topic, make a creative proposal or share new insight. These contributions need not be fully formed as scientific articles and so will provide an opportunity for testing new approaches and sharing innovation at an early stage. The editorial team hope that this will be a lively space for the exchange of ideas and practice, so comment on previous contributions to this or other journal sections are also welcome. It is hoped that these different contributions will enable researchers to find new collaborators and build new research teams (S. 113).
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