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This summer, Professor Dr. Mark Sedgwick's term as secretary of ESSWE came to an end. The ESSWE board and community thanks him for his many years of extraordinary service to the Society and to the field. As a founding member he has been instrumental in shaping the organization, and his tireless work as secretary has made sure that future generations can rely on a smooth-running institution promoting the field of Western esotericism in Europe.
The new secretary of the Society is Dr. Henrik Bogdan, Professor in the History of Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. We welcome Henrik in the position and look forward to his service. General inquiries about the society, as well as specific tasks falling to the secretary's domain should now be addressed to him.
The 11th International Conference
„Literature and Religion”
Submission deadline: October 1, 2016
The Department of Latvian and Baltic Studies of Faculty of Humanities welcomes applications for the 11th international scientific conference „Literature and Religion” at University of Latvia 2-3 December 2016.
Special topic of this year conference – garden and labyrinth in the Bible and culture (literature, arts, theatre, cinema, music).
Participants are invited to reflect on the interpretations of symbols of garden and labyrinth in literature and culture:
· Eden – the garden of sin and beginning, Gethsemane – the garden of suffering, Golgotha – the garden of victory, Paradise as the garden of eternal life, Garden of God, etc.
· Labyrinth as a trap, prayer labyrinth, labyrinth and pilgrimage, labyrinth as an element of medieval church interior, labyrinth as a secret.
The organizers of the conference expect the participants to prepare papers dealing with the questions of theology, literary science, religion and literature in interaction offering analyses and interpretation of the pieces of art based on any religious theme in today`s context. The possible topics to be discussed at the conference include also:
· The relationships between theology and literary critic,
· Influence of religion on literary process,
· Analysis of concrete works of art influenced by the religious motifs,
· Contemporary interpretations and transformations of the biblical and other religious motifs in art and literature.
Presentation length - 20 minutes.
Conference fee 30 Euro should be paid via bank transfer (the details below) by November 1, 2016.
The conference cannot offer any grants for travel or accommodation.
We welcome submissions in Latvian and English, the two working languages of the conference. Submissions should be sent via e-mail no later than 1 October, 2016 to email@example.com
Organizing Committee: prof. Ieva Kalniņa, prof. Māra Grudule, Mag.philol. Jūlija Dibovska.
Any questions and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference is supported by the University of Latvia, Literary website www.ubisunt.lu.lv and Theatre reviews website www.kroders.lv.
The sixth biannual ESSWE conference will take place in Erfurt, Germany, on June 1-3, 2017, on the topic of "Western Esotericism and Deviance". The conference organizers are accepting proposals for papers and panels until November 15, 2016. See details on the conference website.
Western Esotericism, Past and Present
The Sixth Annual Conference of the Israeli Network
for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism
2-3 June, Beit ha-student, 1st Floor, Room 107
Session I 10:30-11:30
Welcome & Opening Lecture: Yossi Chajes & Boaz Huss
1. Egil Asprem: Reassessing the 'Sociology of the Occult': The Role of Deviance and 'Rejected Knowledge' in
Socio-Historical Explanations of ‘Esotericism'
Session II 11:40-13:00
Chair: Yuval Harari
2. Ayelet Even Ezra: Dominicans and the Scientific Explanation of Demonic Illusions - Roland
3. Yossi Schwartz: Dominicans and the Scientific Explanation of Demonic Illusions - Albertus
Session II 14:00-15:30
Chair: Maoz Kahana
4. Theodor Dunkelgrün: Critical Edition as Practical Kabbalah: the Biblia Hebraica Accuratissima (Amsterdam, 1666-67)
5. Raz Chen: Reforming Astrology in Early Modern Europe
Coffee Break 15:30-15:45
Special Session 15:45-16:45
“Beit Midrash: Reading Sefer Yezira” — Informal, introductory group study, facilitated by Josh Lauffer
Session III 16:45-18:30
Chair & Respondent: Yossi Schwartz
6. Ronit Meroz - Sefer Yezira as anti-Christian Polemic
DINNER 18:30-20:00 on the Deck
Friday 3 June
Chair: Jonatan Meir
8. Assaf Tamari: Safed as Periphery: Re-viewing the Innovative Nature of the Sixteenth-Century Renaissance in Safed
9. Elke Morlok: “Like Diamonds in the Sky”: Satanow on Light, Sefirotic Colors and the Occult
Coffee Break 10:30-10:45
Session V 10:45-12:15
Chair: Julie Chajes
10. Shinichi Yamamoto: Japanese Zionism: Sakai Shogun's Mystical Visions and Common Ancestry Theory
11. Andrea Gondos: The Representation of the Occult in a Post-Holocaust Hungarian Novel: Maria Szepes and The Red Lion
Thursday 2 June
Session IV 9:00-10:30
7. Tzahi Weiss - Sefer Yezira and early Islam: A Re-evaluation
Kabbalistic Scroll (fragment), Courtesy of Gross Family Collection Trust
ESOTERICISM, LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
8.-9.00. REGISTRATION (main hall)
9.-9.15-Opening. Greetings by Prof. Zoran Paunović, Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Philology, and by Prof. György Endre Szőnyi , President of CEENASWE (room 33)
Yuri Stoyanov (University of London-Albright Institute Jerusalem): Esotericism and visionary mysticism in Medieval Byzantine and Slavonic Orthodox pseudepigraphic and heretical literature (room 33)
10.30.-11.00. coffee break
session 1: Slavica mystica et hermetica (010)
1. Oksana Aleksandrovna Stein (St. Petersburg state institute of technology Technical university) Ascetic practice of Hesychasm: A hermeneutical interpretation
2. Vitalii Shchepanskyi (The National University of Ostroh Academy) Hermes Trismegistus in Slavia Orthodoxa: the written tradition
chairman: Yuri Stoyanov (University of London-Albright Institute Jerusalem)
session 2: Alchemy and Pansophy in CEE (011)
chairman: Rafał T. Prinke (Eugeniusz Piasecki University, Poznań)
session 3: Esotericism in 18th century (010)
chairman: Svetoslava Toncheva (IEFSEM, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
session 4: Arts and (magical) crafts (011)
chairman: Massimo Introvigne (Pontifical Salesian University in Torino−CESNUR)
14.-15. lunch break
session 5: Romanticism and its heritage (010)
session 6: Esotericism and academy (011)
chairman: Boaz Huss (Ben Gurion University, Beersheba)
16.30.-17. coffee break
session 7: Belle époque 1 (010)
chairman:Ewelina Drzewiecka (Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
session 8: Cross-cultural research 1 (migrations and receptions) (011)
chairmen: Martin Javor (University of Prešov) and Marton Szentpeteri (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest)
Session 9: Belle époque 2 (010)
chairman: Henrik Johnsson (Aarhus University)
session 10: Cross-cultural research 2 (case studies) (011)
chairman: Snežana Milinković (University of Belgrade)
10.30.-11. 00. coffee break
Session 11: Interwar period (010)
chairman: Noel Putnik (CEU-Budapest)
session 12: Poetry and /as esotericism (011)
chairman: Stanislav Panin (D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow−Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism)
12.30.-13.30 lunch break
session 13: Esotericism, politics and art in Serbia (010)
chairman: Karolina Maria Hess (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)
session 14: Popular imagination (011)
chairman: Pavel Nosachev (National research university Higher school of economics in Moscow)
15.-15.30 coffee break
15.30.-16.15 CEENASWE meeting (011)
HHP in Amsterdam is now receiving applications for its two PhD positions in the history of Western esotericism. A rare opportunity!
Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book
A one- day workshop for MA and PhD students organized by ESSWE in conjunction with the Warburg Institute, London.
Location: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
Date: Thursday 7 July 2016
Please note: this is a free event with a limited number of places.
For further information, or to book a place, please contact
Sophie Page: email@example.com
Lecture Theatre, Warburg Institute
Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
10:00-10:30 Workshop registration and coffee
10:30-10:40 Welcome by ESSWE president Andreas Kilcher
1) Oratory: Presentations by guest speakers (10:40—14.40) Chair: Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS)
10:40-11:20 Siam Bhayro (Exeter): ‘Jewish Aramaic magic bowls from late antique Mesopotamia: No longer on the margins’
11:20-12.00 Liana Saif (Oxford): ‘At the Margins of Orthodoxy: Magic in Medieval Islam’
12.00-12:40 Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov (Manchester) ‘Slavic amulet books and Greek Orthodoxy’ with a response from Will Ryan (retired professor of Russian magic, Warburg Institute).
12:40-13:40 Lunch Break (as this is a free event, lunch is not provided)
13:40-14:40 Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans), ‘Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book: Common Topics and Mutual Influences’. Chair: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute)
2) Round table discussion (14:40-15:30) Chair: Sophie Page (UCL)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
3) PhD and Early Career Advice (16:00-16.30)
Two simultaneous sessions:
1. Early Career Advice for PhD students. Led by Egil Asprem (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Liana Saif (Oxford)
2. PhD advice for MA students (ESSWE board members and guest speakers)
4) Laboratory: Discussion in period and regional focus groups (16:30-17:30)
With the following scholars, in addition to the speakers and chairs: Andreas Kilcher, Mark Sedgwick, Peter J. Forshaw, Jean-Pierre Brach, Birgit Menzel, Bernd-Christian Otto and Gyorgy E. Szonyi.
17:30 Wine reception
The Warburg Institute, University of London, School of Advanced Study Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB
The nearest tube stations within a few minutes walking distance of the Institute are: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria Line), Euston (Northern and Victoria Lines), and Euston Square (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines).Click the logo to acccess the London Underground site.
British Rail stations:
The rail stations close to the Institute are Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras.
For further information, please contact Sophie Page: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ESSWE Agenda page for this event:
19 April 2016
This two-part workshop will explore the relationship between popular culture and occultism in conversation with Professor Wouter Hanegraaff (UvA, History of Hermetic Philosophy), Dr. Joyce Goggin (UvA), and Dr. Christine Ferguson (University of Glasgow).
These lectures will be followed by a group seminar discussion of selected texts by Adorno, Horkheimer and Williams:
“Popular” and “Culture” from Raymond Williams’ Keywords http://pubpages.unh.edu/~dml3/880williams.htm
Excerpt from Adorno and Horkheimer’s The Culture Industry http://moodle2.gla.ac.uk/mod/url/view.php?id=150816
Adorno, “Theses Against Occultism” http://www.autodidactproject.org/other/adornocc.html
April 19, 2016. Bungehuis 004, 15:00 – 18:00
Gepubliceerd door Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
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 ... email@example.com ... Phone: 207-546-2821, Ext. 4
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