SCRIPT was founded in 2010 to encourage new scholarship on iconic and performative texts.

Our goal is to foster academic discourse about the social functions of books and texts that exceed their semantic meaning and interpretation, such as their display as cultural artifacts, their ritual use in religious and political ceremonies, their performance by recitation and theater, and their depiction in art.

The society sponsors programming at existing regional and international scholarly meetings and at colleges and universities. We welcome new presenters and ideas for programs and venues to host them.

The society's official journal is Postscripts:  The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts from Equinox (for subscriptions, see publications). 


Detail of Roman sarcophagus
Detail of Roman sarcophagus


SCRIPT is incorporated as a cultural agency by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York