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The research project is an Initial Training Network (ITN) established by six universities and ninenon-academic partner organizations across Europe and engaging scholars and PhD students from various disciplines. The ITN will trace the roots and transformations of the human values of dignity and freedom in theological and philosophical traditions, among other things with the aim of understanding modern debates and conflicts about these values. In modern western societies, the ideal human being has the right to think, believe, and express itself freely without fearing retribution and to be treated as an autonomous and dignified individual. But such a conception is not shared by all – and never was. Its long history has been formed through a continuous battle between two theological and philosophical traditions going back to Origen of Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo, respectively. Origen saw humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings, while Augustine saw them as predestined, sinful, and bound to servitude. The project’s research will continuously circle this battle between the opposing negative and positive views on humanity that we encounter in various contexts from antiquity to modern times. Thereby, the project will raise awareness of how ancient philosophical and religious tenets still shape political, moral, and anthropological categories and modes of thinking as well as principles of human conduct. Find more information on the project website www.itn-humanfreedom.eu.
This project has received funding from the European Union's H2020 research and innovation program
Call for scholars of the Middle Ages with interests in hidden esoteric motifs and spirituality in the literature of the period
We are extending a cordial invitation to scholars who are in a position to submit a manuscript for a special issue of the journal Arcanum with the title, Hidden Esoteric Motifs and Spirituality in the Literature of the Middle Ages.
The goal of the special issue is to make a case for a renewed interest in scholarly research and a reappraisal of traditional interpretations of the literary works in the period.
The first of two main sections of the issue will consist of overview papers which would each provide insights into one of the esoteric currents and aspects of spirituality that we know of from the Middle Ages and that authors during this period could have been well aware of, such as ...
The second of two main sections will consist of research papers which will focus on works of literature of the Middle Ages that provide clues that their authors were aware of one or more of the prevailing esoteric currents.
An introductory paper will provide a brief overview of the papers in the issue in a way that helps to provide the context within which they will serve as contributions to the literature. A concluding paper will highlight promising new research directions.
Co-volume Editors: Ingrid E. Lotze (Arcanum) and Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona)
Indexing: Arcanum is indexed in the International Medieval Bibliography.
Inquiries from authors who would like to discuss their research and manuscript ideas are welcome.
Point of contact ... firstname.lastname@example.org ... Phone: 207-546-2821, Ext. 4
The Estonian Society for the Study of Religions
announces a call for papers for the conference
Religion and Nation(alism): Entanglements, Tensions, Conflicts
University of Tartu, Estonia, 10-11 November 2016
Recent developments throughout the world have shown that the connections between ethnic and religious identity have not lost their actuality. The relationships between religion and nationalism are multifaceted and interactive; their dynamics is influenced by social and political conditions. The politisation of religion may support ethnic and national unity, whereas religion may lead to particular forms of political activism. The concurrence of ethnic and religious identity (or the lack of it!) may result in nation building or the shaping of an ideology of the ‘chosen people’. Moreover, religious identities may offer possibilities for the formation of communities that cross national borders.
Studying the role that religion plays in these complex relationships will offer us insights into the formation, development or disintegration of certain groups and their choices, both in individual and public spheres. Thus, we welcome scholars from all fields of study (anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, folkloristics, history, political and religious studies, etc.) who study the connections between (ir)religion and nationalism or group identities. Particularly interesting aspects include:
diachronic and contemporary aspects of the relationships between nationalism and religion
regional aspects of religion and nation(alism)
ideological entanglements of religion and nation(alism)
religious tensions and conflicts between ethnic groups both past and present
the relationships between (ir)religion, nationalism and group identity
discursive intersections of religion and nationalism with gender, sexuality, race, class, culture and history
the religious aspects of secular nationalism and secular sources of the public authority of religious institutions and traditions
migration and religion, expatriate relationships with nation(alism) and religion
conspiracy theories about the religious background of migrants
neo-pagan and esoteric movements in the context of nation building
The language of the conference will be English, the length of papers 20 minutes. A conference fee of 80€will be applied for meals and materials; participants are expected to pay for their own travel and accommodation.
Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words to the conference e-mail address: email@example.com before 31.05.2016. Pre-arranged panels will also be considered. Notification of acceptance, and the opening of registration, not later than: 01.07.2016.
For inquiries please contact the Secretary of the conference, Piret Koosa (firstname.lastname@example.org). Current information about the conference can be found at our home page http://www.eaus.ee/en/conference-2016/
The Conference is being organised by the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with the University of Tartu (School of Theology and Religious Studies, Institute of Cultural Research and Arts) and the Estonian Literary Museum.
Organising committee: Madis Arukask, Alar Kilp, Piret Koosa, Katre Koppel, Mare Kõiva, Jaan Lahe, Atko Remmel, Ülo Valk, Ergo-Hart Västrik
THE RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR THE HUMANITIES
Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Department of Religious Studies
Research Centre for Esotericism and Mysticism
ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY
OF ESOTERICISM AND MYSTICISM
With the support of
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Mystic and Esoteric Movements
in Theory and Practice:
MYSTICISM AND ESOTERICISM
IN THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGIES
24 – 26 March, 2016, Saint Petersburg (Russia)
We congratulate the winners of this very first run of the Sponsorship Programme!
ESSWE will shortly announce a second round of application, for funding in autumn of 2016. Please check the website or our Facebook page for updates.
Boaz Huss, ESSWE's Vice President, has been appointed webmaster in succession to Peter Forshaw, who has been webmaster ever since ESSWE's foundation. Thanks to Peter, and welcome to Boaz! Anyone with news or agenda items for the website is asked to email them to Boaz.
A revised version of the ESSWE Spring 2014 Newsletter is now available, one which includes an apology concerning statements made in the original issue, plus the sincere regrets of the Board and President of the ESSWE concerning this unfortunate incident. The closure of the University of Exeter's EXESESO programme was indeed a great loss to the field of the study of Western Esotericism and we hope that ESSWE board and members, including EXESESO scholars and students can now join together in working for the future of the field.
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