By Karen Cook
A new open access, peer reviewed journal that has its source at the University of Calgary has debuted this month. The Journal of Applied Hermeneutics is an online publication rising from the most recent meeting of the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, which brings together scholars of the discipline and its research into creative dialogue.
“The idea was initiated by Dr. Richard Kearny who thought we could showcase the work he had heard from institute participants about bridging philosophy and practice,” says Nancy Moules, professor in the Faculty of Nursing and the journal’s editor.
“This is an amazing pioneering movement in Canadian continental philosophy,” says Kearney, the Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College.
“Hermeneutics is the tradition, philosophy and practice of interpretation,” Moules says. “Nursing as well as education, as examples, are, in their very practices, deeply interpretive disciplines where hermeneutics is already at work. The journal will offer the opportunity to publish hermeneutic papers that reflect ways we can examine anew our practices and human conditions.”
The journal will publish articles, not in an issue format, but once they have been reviewed, accepted and copy edited. Besides Moules, the University of Calgary houses five of the 11 editorial board members, including two from the Faculty of Nursing and three from the Faculty of Education. Graham McCaffrey and Angela Morck, Faculty of Nursing PhD students, are assistant editors. Judy Powell and Jeff Liske, Libraries and Cultural Resources, were instrumental in assisting access and navigation of the Open Journal System (OJS).
The Canadian Hermeneutic Institute was established in 2009 (see UToday, June 14, 2011) and the journal is sponsored jointly by the institute and the Faculty of Nursing. There is no fee for accessing the Journal, available at http://jah.synergiesprairies.ca