The International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism (ISARS), which the former organization is the International Society for Shamanistic Research (ISSR), was founded in 1988 in Zagreb in the occasion of the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences by Professor Emeritus Mihály Hoppál (Budapest, Hungary). The organization rapidly assumed a worldwide dimension counting about 300 members from fifteen different countries. Since 1991, when the first international conference of the organization was held in Seoul (Korea), eleven international conferences and a number of smaller-scale symposiums were organized in Europe, Asia and the USA. The journal SHAMAN, launched by Molnár & Kelemen Oriental Publishers (Budapest, Hungary) was approved as the official publication of the ISSR in 1993.
The ISARS brings together researchers from different disciplines who share a strong commitment to the study of shamanism and related cultural complexes and phenomena the world over.
Among the primary goals of the society is to ensure the continuation of the international conference which – since 1991 – has taken place every two years in different parts of the world and has been organized by the former organization (ISSR), as well of the publication of the official journal of the society SHAMAN.
The 12th International Conference of the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism took place in Delphi, Greece, in October 2015.
The 13th International Conference of the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism will take place in Hà Nội, Việt Nam in December 2017.
For detailed information about the ISARS, please visit the ISARS official website: www.isars.org