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Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University
Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism
11th International Conference
MYSTIC AND ESOTERIC MOVEMENTS
IN THEORY AND PRACTICE:
Images, symbols, and signs
in mysticism and esotericism
December 3–5, 2020
First Call for Papers
Mystical experience is connected to deep internal states of mind. However, this experience also has an external manifestation; it manifests in external world by certain means of expression. One of the important characteristics of languages of mysticism and esotericism through which subjective experience is communicated to the external world is utilization of images, symbols, visual metaphors and ciphers. Functions of these symbolical languages are manifold – from hiding esoteric knowledge to transmitting experience that is outside of the limits of rationality through artistic means. Rich visual symbolism of mystical and esoteric traditions connected to an atmosphere of mystery was a source of inspiration for many scientists, philosophers, writers, architects, and painters. Elements of esoteric symbolism are present both in classical and in contemporary art, including literature, paintings, architecture, sculpture, design, theater, cinema, and folklore.
The goal of the conference is to study the plurality of forms of construction, functioning, and interpretation of images, symbols, and signs in mystical and esoteric doctrines, functions of visual symbolic language of mysticism and esotericism, continuity and historical transformations of this language, and semiotic mechanisms that allowed a transmission of these images, symbols, and signs in other spheres of culture.
Sample topics include but are not limited to the following:
Working languages: Russian, English
Applications for the conference are to be sent to the address of the organizing committee firstname.lastname@example.org by October 4, 2020. Due to possible visa concerns, we request that applications are sent by September 30, 2020. We kindly request participants to provide the following information:
1. Full name:
2. Date of birth:
3. Academic degree (if applicable):
4. Home address:
5. Place of work/study (if applicable):
7. Telephone number:
9. Need of an official invitation to receive an entry visa to the Russian Federation (yes/no):
10. Necessary equipment for your presentation (yes (specify)/no):
11. Title of paper:
13. Language of paper:
The applicants are also required to attach a photo of themselves, no more than 1Mb in size.
Applications for panels are accepted until October 10, 2020. Panel applications need to follow the general application form outlined above. Additionally, the panel organizer needs to provide the approximate number of panel participants and a preliminary program.
A completed application does not guarantee acceptance to the conference. The organizing committee reserves the right to ask for additional information from applicants to specify unclear applications. Decisions on applications are made by the organizing committee within a week after the application deadline. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by e-mail.
Remote participation in the conference is not provided for.
A conference program including information about participants and their abstracts will be published and provided to the participants before the start of the conference. It will also be available on the ASEM website.
The conference fee is differentiated according to ASEM membership and geographical location of the participant (see table below):
Post-Soviet countries (excepting the Baltic countries)
Residents of non-Post-Soviet countries
The conference fee will be used to cover the costs of organizing the conference as well as the publication of conference papers, which is planned after the conference takes place.
The conference fee does not include transportation, lodging, food or possible additional services (tours, museums, and so on). The organizing committee does not provide lodging for conference participants; however, it will provide information on local options at the request of an accepted participant.
The organizing committee is open to propositions of material and informational support from interested physical and legal persons.
Conference address: ul. Bolshaya Sankt-Petersburgskaya, 41, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University (NovSU), Novgorod the Great.
All inquiries about the conference are to be directed to: email@example.com.
Organizing committee chairs: Sergey S. Avanesov, Sergey V. Pakhomov
Organizing committee members: Daniil E. Krapchunov, Birgit Menzel,
Evsey G. Berdichevsky, Stanislav Panin
The Centre for the History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents (HHP)
at the University of Amsterdam
is organising its first Summer School:
“Visions of The Occult: Introduction to Western Esotericism”.
at the University of Amsterdam
from 5 to 23 July.
The summer school is meant for current university students (advanced Bachelors, Masters, Postgraduate), but it is also open to professionals from any discipline. You can find a poster in the attachment. We would be grateful if you could share it, bring it to the attention of potentially interested students, and/or print it and post it in your university.
The goal of Visions of the Occult is to offer an introductory overview of the study of Western esotericism. In this three-week summer course, we will investigate the key thematic aspects of Western esotericism, as they have manifested themselves historically within currents such as gnosticism, astrology, alchemy, magic, kabbalah, witchcraft, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Freemasonry, spiritualism, occultism, conspiracy theories, meditation, yoga, the New Age, and psychedelic culture.
During classes, students will make use of primary sources, as well as secondary literature that clarify the way in which esoteric ideas have circulated and continue to circulate in both mainstream culture and more marginal contexts. Having completed this summer programme, students will have acquired a solid overview of the main themes related to the study of Western esotericism, both thematically and historically.
Each class will consist of three elements. In the morning, there will be a daily lecture (2.5 hours) and seminar discussion, after which there will be lunch (1 hour). We will pick back up with the afternoon session (2.5 – 4 hours), which includes student presentations, lectures, debates, and mini-conferences. This will also be the time in which individual research appointments can be made.
There will also be excursions to local landmarks that play a special role in the on-going development of Western esotericism. Our aim is to pair readings with localities, such as the world famous Embassy of the Free Mind (also known as Ritman Library), which hosts a vast collection of books, artworks, and material culture related to Western esotericism. Likewise, our investigation into representations of the esoteric and the occult will go beyond the written word to include film, music, and graphic novels.
Call for Papers
“Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”
2020 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE)
24-26 September, 2020
Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain la-Neuve, Belgium
Deadline for submissions: 1 May, 2020
The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) invites you to submit proposals for its 2020 meeting. The theme for the meeting is “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”. The aim is to consider the relationship between Islam and esotericism, and Islamic esotericism, in a global context, shifting the emphasis not only from Western perspectives, but also being more inclusive of the experience of Islam beyond the Arabo-Persian domains. We encourage proposals that give prominence to the agency of non-Western actors in negotiating and challenging social, political, and doctrinal “realities” as they manifest in the writings and activities of esoteric groups and systems. The chronological scope thus stretches from medieval to contemporary times. We encourage papers outlining suitable methods of investigation, re-evaluating accepted conceptual frameworks, formulating effective comparative research, and foraying into new textual frontiers.
We invite papers that engage with these aims, but proposals that do not relate to the 2020 meeting theme are also welcome.
There is no fee for attending the meeting and accommodation will be provided, but the cost of travel is the responsibility of individual participants.
By 1 May 2020, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting is organized by
For further information on ENSIE, see http://ensie.site/
International conference to commemorate
loannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670)and the 350th anniversary of his death
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/
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