Call for Papers
February 1, 2019
Human Rights, Native American History / Studies, World History / Studies, Oral History, Indigenous Studies
Dear Colleagues, Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season on this, The Shortest Day! As the year ends and the light returns with the promise of spring and renewal, we send you this special invitation for submissions. For the spring 2019 issue of Coreopsis Journal of Myth & Theatre we have created the theme of "Rituals of Resistance". While we will continue to review papers that address the theme of resistance through art, performance, and ritual, we are creating a special invitation to scholars, artists and healers who study and practice shamanism and shamanic belief systems (broadly stated) and will be devoting a significant portion of the Spring 2019 issue to this topic. We are not seeking papers of personal journeys or definitional studies, or the psychology of shamanism, but ask scholars to address these questions of resistance and survival particularly among traditional peoples in their committees and in the diaspora: Keeping alive the traditions and mythos under the multiple pressures of political oppression and the rise of the extreme right in Europe, the US, and elsewhere; environmental stresses as whole communities are forced to relocate due to climate change and rising seas; cultural factors that have led to the dilution and, even disappearance, of language, traditions, spiritual and artistic heritage worldwide. (Please feel free to share this call at will!)
Dr. Denita Benyshek once sent us a poem that contained the lines:
"... Shamans work for the benefit of their communities,
plug in their electric guitars and collect the garbage.
During times of disbelief or persecution,
shamans secretly do their work standing
in lines, in banks, in grocery stores,
along the branches of family trees. ... "
Denita M. Benyshek, © March 1, 2010
We ask that you send a query beginning at any time after the first week of January and/or your papers prepared for peer review by January 25th. The full submission guidelines are here: http://societyforritualarts.com/coreopsis/submissions/. We ask that you study them and submit your paper following the guidelines closely.
We believe that this may be one of the most important issues that we hope to publish and welcome your submissions. If you would like to participate in the peer review process, and have not done so for a previous issue of Coreopsis, please send a note with your qualifications to this address.
Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. Editor.
Society for Ritual Arts, President 2017
Autumn 2017 Vol. 6 Number: 2. The Philosophy and Art of Ritual Creation