Call for Brill Book Series: Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Korea

Date / time: 25 August, 12:00 am

Call for Brill Book Series: Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Korea


Call for Papers, deadline – 25 August 2022

The emergence of colonialism and Christianity brought the socio-cultural transformation of Korea (Joseon dynasty) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The long traditions of Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and folk religions encountered political challenges and struggled to survive. Meanwhile, alternative groups with new or innovative teachings attracted the heart of local people who were disappointed in the traditional beliefs. When the community performance of unique figures was successful and persuasive, many people committed their hearts to the new religious movements even under the political persecution

The development of Korean new religions is often comprehended within the five stages of socio-political transformation: (1) the period of the nation’s opening (1860–1910); (2) under Japanese colonial rule (1911–1945); (3) after the nation’s independence (1946–1960); (4) under rapid industrialisation (1961–1980); (5) and post-industrial period (1981–present). The Korean NRMs are divided into sectarian groups: Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Christian, Shamanistic, western religions, Suun, Ilbu, Jeungsan, Dangun, Bongnam, Gaksedo, and other ones. What is their origin? Who are the founder and their teachings? What are the secrets of success? Any social controversies?

In this regard, I, as the editor, am calling critical and theoretical papers for a new book (Handbook of Contemporary Religions in Korea). The peer-reviewed manuscript will be published in the Brill Book Series of Contemporary Religions. If you are interested or your recent research is familiar with the subject, please submit your abstract (200-220 words) and biography (100 words: affiliation, research field and 3-4 publication list (title and year only) before August 25 2022, for consideration.

If you are accepted, we will ask you to follow the publication details: