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Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Welcome to Soundings

A wide-ranging interdisciplinary journal focused primarily on the humanities and social sciences, Soundings is published quarterly by the University of Tennessee and the Society for Values in Higher Education.

"Seek simplicity and distrust it"

Soundings encourages scholars to challenge the fragmentation of modern intellectual life and to turn the best and most rigorous deliverances of the several academic disciplines towards the sterner discipline of a common good in human affairs. Soundings aims to publish essays that open the disciplines to each other, and it looks for readers who sense in such openings some prospect for a greater coherence and amplitude in public discourse.

However, our century shows that there are worse things than a fragmented life, chief among them the disguised violence of false unity and false coherence. Soundings urges upon its authors and readers a happy regard for Whitehead's advice: "Seek simplicity and distrust it."


Volume 92.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2009) published. A special issue of Soundings on "The Arts of Democracy".

Conference in March 2011:
"Ethics and the Text: New Directions in Ethical Approaches to Literature," March 3, 4, and 5 at the Baker Center.

Soundings has an issue forthcoming in December!


After twenty-five years at the University of Tennessee, Soundings is moving its offices to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Professor John Kelsay will assume the editorship of the journal, and his new managing editor will be Carla Reid. Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Their mailing address is:
421 Diffenbaugh
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1549