Final call for for contributors to volume on mysticism and transcendentalism
Transcendental states associated with mysticism have both fascinated and perplexed researchers for centuries. Too commonly, explanations of the causes of mystical experiences have relied on a single explanatory element, such as a neurological or psychological disorder. Our current research considers the relationships between several different factors- historical, psychological, biological, cultural, and practice induced (e.g., meditation) - that may lead to or shape mystical or transcendental experiences. We are preparing an edited volume containing chapters studying the phenomena of mysticism and transcendental experiences from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to psychological, historical, biological, sociological, religious studies, and philosophical. Analyses combining various approaches (our own work combines history and neuroscience) are especially welcome. Each chapter will be roughly 8,000 words, with a short section following in which contributors comment upon each others’ work. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.
Interested parties should submit 250 word abstracts and a preliminary title to Scott E. Hendrix (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christopher J. May (email@example.com).
Dr. Scott E. Hendrix
Assistant Professor of History
212 MacAllister Hall
100 N. East Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186
Dr. Christopher J. May
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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