Special Issue "Explorations in the Practice and Theory of Shamanism: A Collaborative Project Between China and the West"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2018).
Interests: Early Chinese Religions; Daoism; Shamanism
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Interests: Eskimo Prehistory and Ethnology; Shamanism; Animist Ontology
Two of the more important traditions of global shamanism studies that have developed in the course of the 20th century include the Western tradition, which plays an important role in contemporary religious and anthropological studies, and the Chinese one, which plays an important role in contemporary sinological and Chinese ethnographic studies.
Given that Western scholarship has had more experience with shamanism in a globally comparative context, it continues to grapple with questions about the nature, definition, and applicability of the category, but the same cannot be equally said about Chinese scholarship on the topic, which has been more focused on ancient Chinese materials as well as on Chinese sectarian and minority studies. The result is that Western scholars of contemporary shamanism only sometimes are able to directly engage Chinese shamanistic materials, while Chinese scholars have had minimal exposure to the kinds of theoretical debates familiar in the West surrounding the shamanism category itself, rendering these two traditions somewhat alienated from each other.
The International Shaman and Arctic Anthropology Theory and Research Forum, “Explorations in the Practice and Theory of Shamanism: A Collaborative Project Between China and the West,” provides an important occasion for leading Chinese and Western scholars of shamanism to undertake collaborative conversations into contemporary theories of shamanism and to explore innovative avenues for applying their findings to the rich bodies of Chinese historical and ethnographic researches with great potential benefits for all.
The journal Religions has taken an active interest in the Forum, and they desire to publish the papers in a special issue dedicated to the Forum. Participants are requested to finalize their papers in article manuscript format to undergo a blind review process, and accepted manuscripts will be published together in the special issue.
It is with great pleasure that Gilbert and I have agreed to serve as co-guest editors for this special issue, and we are sending this CFP to each of the Forum participants to request your willingness to work with us in its successful publication. We have absolute confidence that the special issue will not only break new ground in contemporary shamanism studies, but it will also serve as an important model for future endeavors of Chinese and Western academic collaboration.
We sincerely hope that you will consider this CFP and agree to submit your finalized manuscript by the October 1, 2018 deadline.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Michael
Prof. Dr. Feng Qu
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- Anthropological Theory
- China-West Collaboration