The Book Series „Prognostication in History“

The Book Series Prognostication in History, edited by Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner (FAU) and Prof. Dr. Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London).

Supported by the IKGF and HANBAN.


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 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.




Herr Prof. Dr. Charles Burnett
Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe at The Warburg Institute, London (UK)

Herr Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner
Lehrstuhl für Sinologie/ Chair, Professor of Chinese Studies,
IKGF Direktor/ Director