I’m happy to inform you that there is a new free online publication covering Amish and Plain Anabaptist topics which has just launched. One of the editors, Joseph Donnermeyer, has passed along the following to be shared with you:
On September 18, the inaugural issue of the new online, free access journal – the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities (JPAC) – was launched.
JPAC is a joint effort of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA), the Amish-Mennonite Heritage Center near Berlin, Ohio (the heart of the large Greater Holmes County settlement) and The Ohio State University libraries.
JPAC’s editorial team includes Marcus Yoder, Director of the Amish-Mennonite Information Center; Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Mark Louden, the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J.William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic linguistics and the Director of the Kade Institute for German-American Studies; Don Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Young Center and Elizabethtown College; and Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Professor Emeritus from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio University. Cynthia Nolt at the Young Center is the Managing Editor.
With one exception, the articles in this inaugural issue are based on presentations from the Young Center conference on Health and Well-Being in Amish Society held in June, 2019. JPAC will be published twice each year, and will accept research-based articles, conceptual/theoretical articles, fieldwork and reflections, and book review essays for a wide-range of Anabaptist faith groups, including the Amish, conservative Amish-Mennonites, Apostolic Christians, Brethren, Bruderhof, and Hutterites.
Articles in the inaugural issue include:
- “The Choice of Health Care Providers among Old Order Amish in a Pennsylvania Valley” by Gretchen Schafft
- “Plain Talk About Health: Linguistic Aspects of Mediation between Amish and Mennonites and Health Care Professionals“by Mark Louden
- “Lessons Learned from Books about the Amish: Part I” by Joseph Donnermeyer
- “The Emergence of Amish Genetic Studies: A Brief History of Collaboration and Reciprocity” by Steven Nolt
It’s nice to see this open-access free source of research and scholarly writing on the Amish and related groups of people. I’m sure we’ll be taking a closer look at the content here in future.