LUX IN TENEBRIS: THE VISUAL AND THE SYMBOLIC IN WESTERN ESOTERICISM
Organised by ESSWE in cooperation with the University of Szeged and its Cultural Iconology and Semiography Research Group
6-10 July 2011 Szeged, Hungary
Wednesday 6 July
19:05–19:30 Welcome Reception
Official opening by Professor Gábor Szabó, Rector of the University;
ESSWE Presidential address by Professor Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam)
19:30–20:30 Plenary Paper 1 (Moderator: György Szönyi)
Professor Michael J. B. Allen (UCLA): 'Glory, Transfiguration, and the Fire Within: Ficino on the Metaphysics and Psychology of Light'
Thursday 7 July
09:00–10:30 Session 1A Alchemy (Moderator: Thomas Willard)
Peter Forshaw (University of Amsterdam / Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy):
'Artist & Athlete of Fire: Heinrich Khunrath on the Symbolic Harmony of Christ and the Philosophers' Stone'
Jo (Georgina) Hedesan (University of Exeter): 'The Verbal and Visual Symbolism of Distillation Alchemy in the 17th Century: Interpreting the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz and the Mutus Liber'
Mike A. Zuber (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich / Literature and Culture Studies): 'Depicting Alchemical Substances: Johann Joachim Becher’s Mineralogia (1662)'
09:00–10:30 Session 1B Modern Literature (Moderator: Ari Ofengenden)
Irina-Ana Drobot (Technical University of Civil Engineering / Foreign Languages and Communication, Bucharest): 'Esoteric Aspects and Lyricism in Virginia Woolf and Graham Swift'
Korinna Csetényi (University of Szeged): 'Symbols of Difference and Haunting in the Works of Stephen King'
Aba-Carina Parlog (University of the West, Timisoara): 'What Lies Behind the Magic? Peter Ackroyd vs. John Fowles'
11:00–11:50 Plenary Paper 2 (Moderator: Wouter Hanegraaff)
Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): 'The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo: Alchemy, Rhetoric, and Deification in the Renaissance'
12:00–13:30 Session 2A Bible, Angels, and Witches (Moderator: Aba-Carina Parlog)
Massimo Leone (University of Torino): 'God's Graffiti'
Julia Cleave (Temenos Academy, London): 'Tobias and the Angel. The Showing of a Heavenly Effect in an Earthly Actor'
Dana Percec (University of the West, Timisoara): 'Weird Sisters and Overthrown Charms: Representations of Witchcraft and Magic in Tudor and Stuart England'
Susanna Åkerman-Hjern (Stockholm): 'De sapientia Salomonis: Emanuel Swedenborg and the Kabbalah'
Laura Follesa & Francesca Maria Crasta (University of Cagliari): 'The Arcanes of the World: Symbols and Mystical-allegorical Exegesis in Emanuel Swedenborg's De Cultu et Amore Dei
Bianca Bogdana Archip & Sever Laurenţiu Sava (Spiru Haret University, Bucharest): 'Symbolic and Visual in Present-day Testimonies of Nde (Near-death Experiences) Contrasted with Swedenborg’s Discourse'
09:00–10:30 Session 7B New Age Variations I (Moderator: Birgit Menzel)
Susannah Crockford (London School of Economics): 'Symbolism in Modern Western Shamanism'
Franz Winter (University of Vienna): 'Western Esotericism and Japanese Manga Literature'
Tamás Szilágyi (University of Szeged): 'Emerging of New Myths and Myth-makers in Hungarian Neopaganism'
09:00–10:30 Session 7C Early Modern Artistic Visions (Moderator: Boaz Huss)
Frank Baron (University of Kansas): 'Sichem's Engraving of Faust (1608) in Its Historical Context'
Carsten Wilke (Central European University, Budapest): 'Where Geometry Meets Kabbalah: Paul Yvon's Esoteric Engravings'
Cecile Wilson (Carleton University): 'Concealment and Revelation in Rembrandt's "Scholar in His Study, Watching a Magic Disk"'
11:00–11:50 Plenary Paper 4 (Moderator: Mark Sedgwick)
Pia Brinzeu (University of the West, Timisoara): 'Romania and India: Spaces of Initiation for Eliade and Brancusi'
13:30–15:00 Session 8A The Occult in Russia (Moderator: Susanna Åkerman-Hjern)
Juriy Khalturin (Moscow Medical-Stomatological University): 'Kabbalah, Symbolism and Metaphysics in Theories of Russian Freemasonry of the 18th and 19th Centuries'
Birgit Menzel (University of Mainz): 'The Occult Underground of Late Soviet Russia'
13:30–15:00 Session 8B New Age Variations II (Moderator: Marco Pasi)
Codruta Gosa & Andrea Serban (University of the West, Timisoara): 'The Vampire of the 3rd Millennium: from Demon to Angel'
Reghina Dascal (University of the West, Timisoara): 'Tantrism and Mithila Art from a Western Perspective'
Henrik Bogdan (University of Gothenburg): 'Envisioning the Birth of a New Aeon: Dispensationalism and Millenarianism in the Thelemic Tradition'