Topography of Mind

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2024 | Viewed by 506

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
The Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Interests: early Chinese art and archeology; modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema; cognitive study of art and consciousness; Buddhist worldmaking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Religions seeks submissions to this Special Issue, "Topography of Mind," which is an exploration of the profound nexus between Buddhist arts and the landscapes of the mind they reflect and construct. This Special Issue aims to unravel the complex tapestry of Buddhist expressions, acknowledging that 'sites' within Buddhist traditions manifest both as tangible edifices and intangible states of consciousness. These fieldmaps of consciousness can be understood through paying close attention to Buddhist visual and material artefacts, recombinatory pictorial forms revealing intertextual concept maps that might not otherwise be elucidated solely from the study of texts. We seek papers that take visual media as their primary point of entry in their exploration of mental experiences, networked associations, and theories of the mind.

This Special Issue encourages an interdisciplinary approach, inviting contributions from fields such as art and architectural history, religious studies, anthropology, literature, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, among others. Manuscripts should consider how the 'topography of mind' in Buddhism is not confined to the physicality of sacred spaces and the ritual objects within them, but is often represented by invisible realms of mental processes. The physical and the metaphysical are inextricably linked, and submissions should reflect the complex interplay between the environmental, the material, and the spiritual dimensions of Buddhist arts.

We welcome studies that are methodologically innovative and that expand our understanding of Buddhist topographies in new or understudied geographical, historical, or theoretical contexts. Submissions that bridge gaps between traditional scholarship and contemporary interpretations of Buddhist art's role in shaping human experience are of particular value.

The submission deadline is 20 July 2024, and prospective authors should ensure their manuscripts comply with the submission guidelines provided by the Religions journal. The editorial committee looks forward to receiving insightful contributions that shed light on both the seen and unseen 'topographies' of the Buddhist world, contributing to a richer understanding of the dynamic interplay between environment, art, and the architecture of belief.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 200-300 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editor, Prof. Dr. Eugene Wang ([email protected]). Please copy the email to the Guest Editor Assistants, Mr. Michael Norton ([email protected]) and Ms. Icey Lin ([email protected]). Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors in order to ensure that contributions are within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review process. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Acknowledgments: This Special Issue is supported by Harvard FAS CAMLab.

Prof. Dr. Eugene Y. Wang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Buddhist art
  • landscapes of the psyche
  • tangible edifices
  • sacred space
  • intangible states of consciousness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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