The Launch of the ISCSD Book Talk Series: Communicating with the Gods: Spirit-Writing in Chinese History and Society


The International Society for the Critical Study of Divination (ISCSD) is excited to announce the launch of the ISCSD Book Talk series.

The ISCSD Book Talk aims to spotlight the outstanding contributions of authors and editors within the “Prognostication in History” Book Series, published by Brill. Each month, we will host an engaging online discussion via Zoom. During these sessions, authors and editors will present their work to colleagues and the wider public, offering a comprehensive introduction to their books, from the inception of the idea to the final stages of publication. They will delve into the main themes, topics, and contributions of their work, discussing their motivations, research methodologies, and key insights. These sessions will also provide a platform for meaningful dialogue and scholarly exchange.

We are delighted to have Elena Valussi and Matthias Schumann, along with some contributors to their edited volume on spirit-writing, as our speakers for the first session of the series. They will discuss their book, Communicating with the Gods: Spirit-Writing in Chinese History and Society, published in 2023 by Brill.

Event Details:

Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 15:00 CEST
Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 688 6513 5838
Passcode: 124008

No prior registration is required. For more information about the Book Talk series, please visit our website:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Michael Lackner (michael.lackner[at] or Dr. Gang Li ([at]