Call for Papers
ISARS – International Society for Academic Research on
With the support of the European Cultural Centre of
On behalf of the International Society for Academic
Research on Shamanism (ISARS), the organizers Diana Riboli (Panteio University,
Athens, Greece) and Pavlos Kavouras (National and Kapodistrian University of
Athens, Greece) invite you to attend the international conference of ISARS
which will be held at the prestigious European Cultural Centre of Delphi
(ECCD), in Greece (http://www.eccd.gr/intro.jsp)
from October 9th through October 13th, 2015.
Undoubtedly Delphi, the navel of Mother Earth (Gaea or
Gaia) and the most important oracle of the ancient world, will offer the
perfect frame for this important meeting.The official theme of the conference will be:
Sacred Landscapes and Conflict Transformation. History,
Space, Place and Power in Shamanism
In many parts of the world the wide array of religious-healing complexes
defined as shamanism are mainly linked to ancient oral cultures and societies.
Of course, the role of shamanism and shamans is not limited to addressing
illnesses and misfortunes. Shamans are the main actors in shaping and
preserving sacred landscapes both on the human and other-than-human levels. At
the same time, they often deal with historical and mythical events. Therefore,
shamans become powerful political figures. In the last decades, their voices
have assumed new vigor, empowering the struggle of many indigenous peoples for
human and land rights as well as taking part in environmental campaigns on a
Over the years, in their often conflicting encounter with
colonial and post-colonial economic and political interests, dominant cultures
and established religions shamans were called to deal with structural, physical
and cultural violence which undermined and continues to undermine the
preservation and the very existence of sacred landscapes and, therefore, the
wellbeing and survival of many cultures.
As proved by historical evidence and in particular by the
survival of shamanic complexes even in regions where these were brutally
repressed, shamans are masters in conflict transformation (and at times
resolution) techniques and strategies.
The main goal of the ISARS conference is to discuss the
responses of shamanistic complexes to exploitation, environmental, political,
economic, social and religious threats in the past, as well as in present. This
discussion also aims to reframe shamanism in a more ‘fair’ and realistic
perspective, in comparison with the highly idealized icon widespread in many
non-shamanic and mostly industrial cultures.
Call for Papers/Session Proposal
Please send you paper title and abstract (max. 250 words)
and/or your session proposal (max. 300 words) on the main theme of the
conference in a WORD document by October 31st 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Session organizer(s) are requested to indicate the
general title of the session, a brief description of the main topic (max. 300
words), number, names and affiliation of participants. Sessions should include
a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6.
Please note that the Scientific Committee will review and
select the papers and session proposals. The selected papers and sessions will
be announced by January 15th, 2014.
Visa and Letter of
Please inform us if you need a formal letter of
invitation for visa or for other purposes, such as travel grant
applications. Please send your request to: email@example.com
After September 30th, 2014, all information for
registration and accommodations as well as a preliminary program for the
conference will be available on our (under construction) website: