Anthropology of Consciousness is the peer-
We encourage a broad conception of consciousness, including such topics as altered states of consciousness; class consciousness; medicine and healing; drugs and pharmaceuticals; feminism; religion and spirituality; shamanistic, mediumistic, and mystical traditions; indigenous healing practices, linguistic, philosophical, social and symbolic studies; cultural psychology; phenomenology and existentialism; and psychological anthropology. We are especially interested in contributing to the anthropology of health and healing, including how local healing systems, and the forms of conscious and unconscious experience they enlist, are evolving and adapting amid the expansion of biomedicine, psychiatry, expertise, pharmaceutical logics, and biotechnology.
We encourage authors to reflect upon how particular case studies, ethnographic materials, or phenomenological accounts speak to theoretical perspectives on how large-
We value interdisciplinary perspectives, respect diverse traditions, and prioritize inclusiveness and open dialogue in the study of the anthropology of consciousness. As part of advancing these initiatives we are publishing a series of ‘special issues,’ one per year, a means of culturing a transdisciplinary conversation about matters of consciousness by bringing voices from outside of the academy—including scientists and policy makers, clinicians and patients, ordinary people and ritual experts—into meaningful dialogue with anthropologists.