Book Series

Prognostication in History

How has man dealt in daily practice with the uncertainty intrinsic to the future? Prognostication in History is a peer-reviewed, international book series that investigates the concepts, techniques and practices and their development in different societies and in different periods. Its main focus is on Asia and Europe.
Prognostication in all its forms is an extremely diverse anthropological phenomenon, which so far has been understudied in the Humanities. The book series approaches the topic from a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective, aiming to both broaden specific knowledge and enhance critical reflection. Published in close cooperation with the International Society for the Critical Study of Divination, it builds on the work of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities at Erlangen University on “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication – Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe”, thus providing a platform for scholars world-wide to present and connect their research on a subject of ever-growing importance for a wide variety of disciplines.

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Editorial Board

  • Prof. Michael Lackner, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Klaus Herbers, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Chang Chia-Feng, National Taiwan University
  • Prof. Alexander Fidora, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Volume 1

Divining with Achi and Tārā

  • Volume 1
  • Editor(s): Jan-Ulrich Sobisch
  • Publication Date: 2 Sep 2019
  • 978-90-04-40262-1

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Volume 2

Glimpses of Tibetan Divination. Past and Present

  • Volume 2
  • Editor(s): Petra Maurer, Donatella Rossi and Rolf Scheuermann
  • Publication Date: 24 Oct 2019
  • 978-90-04-41068-8

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Volume 3

Chinese Character Manipulation in Literature and Divination

  • Volume 3
  • Editor(s): Anne Kathrin Schmiedl
  • Publication Date: 9 Apr 2020
  • 978-90-04-42236-0

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Volume 4

Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination

  • Volume 4
  • Editor(s): Michael Lackner, Kwok-kan Tam, Monika Gänssbauer, and Terry Siu Han Yip
  • Publication Date: 23 Apr 2020
  • 978-90-04-42734-1

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