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Welcome to the Electronic Sixteenth Century Journal

In publication since 1969, the Sixteenth Century Journal (SCJ) prints twenty to twenty-five articles and over four hundred book reviews a year. The SCJ is dedicated to providing readers with thought-provoking research and inquiry into the sixteenth century broadly defined (i.e., 1450-1648). Our articles all maintain a strong historical core and cover subjects from around the world.

Editorial Changes at SCJ Posted on 01/18/2019

Beginning in 2019, there will be editorial changes at SCJ. David Whitford will join Merry Wiesner-­Hanks and Patricia Phillippy as a third Senior Editor, responsible for final decisions about articles related to theology, intellectual history, and other areas in which he has expertise. After a search involving a number of very strong candidates, Barbara Pitkin and Jennifer DeSilva have been chosen to join Karen Nelson as Editors, responsible for initial screening, soliciting reviewers, and other aspects of the progress of manuscripts through the pipeline. Whitney Leeson will be joining Gary Gibbs as Co-­ Book Review Editor. Because Professors Pitkin and DeSilva are new to the SCJ editorial team, here’s a bit on their backgrounds.

Jennifer Mara DeSilva is an Associate Professor of History at Ball State University (Indiana, USA). She received her PhD from the University of Toronto (Canada). Her research focuses on the construction of identities: individual, institutional, group, and family, as well as reformed and unreformed. In addition to having published numerous journal articles, she has edited two collections, entitled Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2012) and The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015). She has also guest-­edited issues of the Journal of Early Modern History (on family-­based European diplomatic networks in 2010) and the Royal Studies Journal (on rituals of political and spatial possession in 2016).

Barbara Pitkin (PhD University of Chicago) specializes in the history of Christian thought, with a particular emphasis on the religious developments in late medieval and early modern Europe and on the history of Christian biblical interpretation. She is Senior Lecturer of Religious Studies at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on the history and future of Christianity, sixteenth-­century reformations, the history of biblical interpretation, and women and religion. She also serves as the faculty/grad colloquium coordinator and supervises undergraduate outreach and research. Her current research focuses on early modern views and uses of the past. She is the author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin’s Doctrine of Faith in its Exegetical Context (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999); co-­editor of The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2006); and editor of Semper Reformanda: Calvin, Worship, and Reformed Traditions (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018).

Issue 47/2 is available!! Posted on 09/06/2016

The second issue of the 2016 volume was mailed to subscribers last week and is available online now!

47/1 Available! Posted on 05/31/2016

Spring 2016 (47/1) was mailed last week and is also available online for viewing and download.

46/1 Finally Available Posted on 07/31/2015

We apologize for the long delay in publishing this issue, but it was mailed to all our subscribers several weeks ago and is now availabe for online viewing and download.

New Associate Editor Named Posted on 03/09/2015

The editors wish to announce that they have chosen Dr. Karen Nelson as the new Associate Editor of the Sixteenth Century Journal.  Dr. Nelson is the Associate Director of the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also teaches various medieval and early modern literature courses. She is the editor of a number of interdisciplinary books, the founding book review editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the former webmaster of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, a frequent reviewer for the SCJ, and a regular presenter and session organizer at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. The editors are also grateful to the nearly 70 people from eight countries who applied for this (unpaid) position, a sign of the broad interest in and loyalty to the SCJ as it nears its fiftieth year of publication.