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Fourth issue JLGC published

On 1 February 2016 the fourth issue of the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, titled 'Breaking the Rules: Textual Reflections on Transgression', was published.

Edited by PhD researchers from LUCAS (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society), the peer-reviewed, Open Access journal was launched in 2013 and provides a platform for the best papers presented at the biennial LUCAS Graduate Conference.

Taking its cue from the last LUCAS Graduate Conference (January 2015) on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions’ the fourth issue explores the significance of rule-breaking as a cultural process through a collection of five articles written by international early-career scholars. Reaching across time from the Antiquity through to the early modern era, this issue includes original discussions of an ambitious Carolingian archbishop, witness-bearing women in the Gospels, (in)appropriately repentant Catholics and Protestants, diabolically dancing early and medieval Christians, and an awe-struck Epicurean philosopher. While offering diverse insights tied to the themes of rule-breaking, each article reflects on a transgressive scenario recorded in text – and the reactions to it – in a particular historical period, religious or philosophical framework, and social context.

Like the previous issues, this edition was produced entirely by graduate students. The five authors, Rutger Kramer, Amanda Jarvis, Ine Kiekens, Donatella Tronca, and Giulia Bonasio, all based their articles on the papers they delivered at the 2015 LUCAS Graduate Conference, and were assisted by an editorial board consisting of LUCAS-affiliated PhD candidates. Headed by Series Editor Jenneka Janzen and Editors-in-Chief Fleur Praal and Karine Laporte, the board consisted of Haohao Lu, Thijs Porck, Lieke Smits, Agnieszka Anna Wołodźko, and Tessa de Zeeuw. Various other PhD candidates at LUCAS and abroad served as the Journal’s peer reviewers and assisted with the layout.

The Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference appears annually. It aims to combine the opportunities offered by digital publishing with the best practices in traditional publishing, including a double-blind peer review procedure, rigorous selection and an extensive revision/editing process. The editorial board seeks to publish papers that combine an innovative approach with fresh ideas and sound research, and reflect on LUCAS’ main research theme: the relationship between the arts, visual as well as textual, and society. Preparations for the next issue, to be published on 1 February 2017, will begin shortly.

The fourth issue of the Journal will be available via the Digital Repository of the Leiden University Library, and via the JLGC website. A direct link to the full PDF is provided below. For more information, please contact Jenneka Janzen.

Our policy aligns with Creative Common License CC BY-NC-ND: we welcome all readers to download and share our articles and issues freely, as long as the author and Journal are appropriately credited. JLGC material cannot however be altered or used commerically. For more information on our policy under Creative Commons, read the CC BY-NC-ND license deed.

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