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Naarden / Amsterdam The Netherlands
12-15 November 2020
Pansophia was one of the lead ing principles - if not the most important one - in the work of loannes Amos Comenius 1592-1670). However, the idea of pansophia represented much broader intellectual current in the early modern thought. The conference will address the pansophia phenomenon as interpreted by Comenius, his forerunners, followers and critics. For Comenius, pansophia means the system of universal knowledge, which represents harmony of all things. As a theologian, he grounded this idea metaphysically as the divine order of all things. As a pedagogue, he wanted to teach "everything to everyone". As a universal reformer, he proposed an emendation of human affairs: philosophy (or knowledge), religion and politics.˙
The topics of papers may include, but are not limited to:
The conference is held at the occasion of the 350-year commemoration of loannes Amos Comenius' death (1592-1670), and it is organized by the Comenius Museum and Mausoleum in Naarden, the Netherlands, in cooperation with LEARN ! research institute on learning and education, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Museum of Jan Amos Comenius, Uhersky Brod, the lnstitute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, the Deutsche Comenius Gesellschaft, Berlin, the Comenius Forschungsstelle, Alfter by Bonn, and the Embassy ofthe Free Mind, Amsterdam.
Presenters are asked to send an abstract (100-300 words, in English or German) and a short academic biography (including name, degree, and current affiliation) by 1 March 2020 to email@example.com
The conference committee will make the final selections by 15 April 2020.
Esotericism in a global context: centres, margins, and everything in between
Call for papers for a panel for the 22nd Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR at the University of Otago, NZ.
Organised by Marco Pasi, Henrik Bogdan, and Mriganka Mukhopadhyay.
The study of Western Esotericism has been established as a field for more than two decades. Recently, a debate about boundaries has emerged: why should esotericism be qualified as “Western” in the first place? Could we think of non-Western “esoteric” traditions? And, in that case, would it be because of historical influences and transmissions (however entangled) or because of structural similarities? In the first case, one could think of a historical development of esotericism moving from a supposed centre (first Europe, and then the “West”) towards the “peripheries” in other parts of the world (Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, Africa), through the effects of colonisation and globalisation. In the second case, neither centre nor peripheries would be relevant, but patterns occurring in different cultural contexts and calling for comparative analysis. The papers in this panel will discuss these problems and challenge current assumptions in the study of Western Esotericism.
Please send your paper abstract (150 words max.) and a short bio to the following email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstracts will have to reach us before 30 November 2019. We won’t be able to accommodate papers in our panel whose abstract has been sent after that date
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ESSWE Members are hereby invited to submit nominations for a new ESSWE Board Member. The nominees need to be affiliated with a European university and we are especially looking for female scholars. Please submit your nominations to the ESSWE Secretary Henrik Bogdan (email@example.com) together with a brief motivation for the nomination. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1, 2019.
Call for Papers: Forschungsstand Anthroposophie
An der Universität Freiburg in der Schweiz findet am 18./19. Oktober 2019 eine Fachtagung zum Stand der Erforschung der Anthroposophie statt. Sie richtet sich an wissenschaftlich, in der Regel an einer Hochschule arbeitende Forscherinnen und Forscher. Gegenstände der Vorträge können historische und gegenwartsbezogene Themen sein: etwa Personen, Gruppen, Konzepte, Praktiken, Vernetzungen. – Die Arbeitssprache wird Deutsch sein.
Bitte senden Sie ein Abstrakt mit einem Themenvorschlag von einer, maximal zwei Seiten und kurzen Angaben zum CV bis 8. Juli an Regula Gschwend (firstname.lastname@example.org) und an Helmut Zander (email@example.com).
The registration for the ESSWE7 conference has already begun. While the early bird registration will be available from 15 January-31 March 2019, the normal conference fees will be applicable from 1 April-25 June 2019. Please visit the website of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents to register before the deadlines: https://www.amsterdamhermetica.nl/esswe-2-4-july-2019/registration/
Dear members of ESSWE, the Winter 2018 issue of the Newsletter is available for download from the following link: ESSWE Newsletter Winter 2018 (Volume 9, Number 2).
Announcing Project Awe’s partnershipwith The Representational Art Conference
Project Awe has formed an exciting partnership with The Representational Art Conference 2019, taking place in Ventura, California 31st March – 4th April 2019.
Project Awe is sponsoring a session of academic papers at the conference with a focus upon esoteric art. The papers may be on any aspect of esoteric art including allegorical symbolism, alchemical symbolism, magical art, esoteric art history, tarot, and so on.
The principle theme of this year’s TRAC is the relationship between imagination and representational art.
In esoteric art the imaginative decisions of the artist guide viewers toward secrets or private meanings. Allegorical imagery is both an imaginative and practical solution to conveying hidden meaning. Consequently, we are especially interested in papers that examine esoteric imagery within representational art. Project Awe’s presence as a partner with The Representational Art Conference 2019 (TRAC) helps to bring us deeper into the academic art world. TRAC is the premier international scholarly event focused on cutting-edge representational art in the 21st century.
There are very few academic venues providing space for the discussion of esoteric art. TRAC seeks to address this lack and to provide a place where papers examining this fertile and exciting area are treated with respect and encouragement.
Scholars who are interested in submitting a paper may find more information at The Representational Art Conference website.
Deadline for submissions: January 15th 2019
Between 30 August - 1 September 2019
Tampere University (Finland) is hosting a conference
on the history of Western esotericism entitled
Edges of Freemasonry II:Lived Esotericism and the Western Modernity
The conference is organized by University of Tampere faculty of social sciences/history in association with Research Lodge Minerva n:o 27 of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Finland. The event will be a continuation for the first Edges of Freemasonry conference held in Tampere University in 2012.
The conference call for papers has now been opened. For further information considering the conference and the CfP, please see the conference website: https://events.uta.fi/edges2/ or follow the conference on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Edges-of-Freemasonry-II-2404568779572403/?modal=admin_todo_tour
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