CONCEPT is an interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies sponsored by the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences. Submissions are reviewed by graduate student editors, faculty editors and peer reviewers, with final decisions made by the editors.

Call For Submissions

CONCEPT will be accepting article submissions for the 2015 issue beginning in December 2014. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 2, 2015. The author of the best article in the 2015 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize.

Authors should register with the website, and follow the instructions for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Any questions should be directed to the faculty managing editor, Lisa Sewell (

CONCEPT is also seeking peer reviewers for the 2015 issue. If you are interested in reading submissions, please contact the faculty managing editor, Lisa Sewell ( Once you have contacted the editor, please register as a reviewer on the website.

Vol 37 (2014)

Table of Contents

Graduate Research Prize (History)

"I Trust the Gospel and All Its Contents": The Disputation of Jirji the Monk and Medieval Islamic Knowledge of the Bible PDF
James Patrick Holmes


The Impact of Nitrogen Eutrophication on Caribbean Coral Reefs: A Review* PDF
Melissa Pastore


“None but I bestir me”: Failed Elegy as the Absence of Communal Language in Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy PDF
Corey Waite Arnold
"Too inhuman": The Destabilization of Empire in Woolf's The Voyage Out* PDF
Mary Ann Brosnan Kraftschik


Dr. No and Dr. Strangelove: Cold War Anxiety in Film, 1962-1964* PDF
Alexander Patrick Langer
NAGPRA and the Penn Museum: Reconciling Science and the Sacred* PDF
Jennifer L. Putnam

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Models of the Metastasis of Cancer* PDF
Katrina McKinley Hoban


Artemisia's Revenge: Rape and Art in the Work of Jean-Luc Nancy PDF
Miranda Dawn Pilipchuk

Political Science

A Statesman Divided? Abraham Lincoln's Views on Race PDF
Ryan Shay


The Process and Implications of Self-Stigma in Schizophrenia PDF
Deborah Elaine Ward


Wise Sex: Affirmation of Human Sexuality and Female Desire in the Song of Songs PDF
Kaley Hawk
In What Sense is the Prototokos a Kosmos? Origen's Exegesis of John 8:32* PDF
Andrew Mihailoff
* Exclusive on-line content