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Call for Chapters_Culture-bound syndromes in Popular Culture_Latin America&East Asia&Africa&Middle East

Organization: Titu Maiorescu University
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Event Date: 2022-12-31 Abstract Due: 2022-12-17
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Dear colleagues,

We are looking for proposals for chapters:

  • Cultural illnesses from Latin America: susto, nervios etc.
  • from East Asia: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ethnic minorities in popular culture: cartoons, movies, media, literature etc. E.g:  suo yang, shenkui, paleng, Qi-gong psychosis, shenjing shuairuo etc.
  • Cultural illnesses from Africa/The Middle East (e.g. the evil eye). 
    We already have chapters covering voodoo death and the jinn in Iran. 

Japan&S Korea are covered.

We have secured a contract offer with Routledge.

Please send your abstract proposal (400 words) + a short bio (200 words) to the editor at prof.irina.pelea@gmail.com

In case of any queries prior to your submission, please contact the editor.

Many thanks for your interest. 



Dear colleagues,


You are invited to submit an abstract for the upcoming edited collection Culture-bound syndromes in Popular Culture. The edited collection aims to provide in-depth and analytical insight into the representations of cultural imagery and narratives of various culture-bound syndromes through the lens of global and national popular culture, covering movies, television, literature, visual arts, fashion, festivals, popular music, and graphic novels.

What does a culture-bound syndrome mean? The concept has come to define a pattern of symptoms (mental, physical, and relational) experienced only by members of a specific cultural group and recognized as a disorder by members of those groups.

"Culture-bound Syndromes in Popular Culture" takes its readers on a journey across (popular) cultures and introduces them to an entirely new subfield of studies, at the conjunction of medical anthropology and popular culture, focusing on folk illnesses.

Thus, this book covers a broad range of case studies, subjects, texts, and cultural practices that lie at the intersection of folk illnesses and cultural studies and include national, transnational, and international media representations, with an accent on the reception and interpretation of the phenomenon from the perspective of its original space.

We warmly invite established and emerging scholars specializing in all areas of media and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, social/cultural geography, and other relevant research fields to propose a book chapter on an individual culture-bound syndrome and its representations in popular culture. Both single and multiple-authored works will be considered. All work should be original and previously unpublished.

We are also very interested in hearing open proposals for possible chapters about other cultural syndromes if the Table of Contents strikes you as improvable in any way. 

Please make sure to refer to a specific cultural syndrome (or more) in your abstract and title. 

We still need contributors for the following sections:

  • the Arab world, 
  • the Middle East (we have covered Turkey)

SECTION 1 East Asia and India

\  Zou huo ru mo (China)

\  Dhat syndrome (India)

\  Hikikomori (Japan) Already taken!

\  Taijin Kyofusho (Japan) Already taken!

\  Hwabyeong (South Korea)

\  Pa-leng (Taiwan)

SECTION 2 Southeast Asia

\  Lanti (Philippines)

\  Latah (Indonesia, Malaysia)

\  Amok (Malaysia)

\  Koro (Singapore)

SECTION 3 Latin America and Native American culture

\  Locura

\  Mal de pelea

\  Nervios

\  Susto

\  Saladera (Peruvian Amazon)

\  Windigo Psychosis (Native American)

SECTION 4 Africa and the Middle East

\  Zar (Israel, Ethiopia)

\  Ufufuyane, Saka (Kenya)

\  Voodoo death (Haiti, Africa, Australia)

Routledge has expressed keen interest in the volume for their Research in Cultural and Media Studies Series.


Key dates

Full chapter submission (max 7000 words): 1 November 2022

Publication: January 2023

Please send in a working title, abstracts of max 500 words, and a brief biographical note of 150 words to:


Please feel free to contact the volume’s editor (Irina Pelea) with any questions or queries. I look forward to receiving your abstracts.


Irina Pelea