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Villa San Michele, Capri, Italy. Wednesday 19 April 2017
Abstract Submission is now open. Deadline for submissions of proposals is 31 december 2016. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers can be submitted for either 45 minute presentations or 30 minute presentations:
Since The Esoteric Crossroads Conferences aim to gather both scholars and artists we also welcome different kind of art presentations.
Deadline for visiting as audience is 28 February 2017.
The Esoteric Crossroads Conferences are informal and collegial gatherings with a small number of participants. We work without any sponsors and the conference fee is EUR 75 for both presenters and audience. We will be served coffee and Capri cake after lunch. After the conference there is time for informal conversations at Cafe Casa Olivs terrace. The day before and after the conference we arrange walks to Capri's main cultural, geological and historical attractions.
The Japanese Network for the Academic Study of Esotericism (JNASE) is a group of scholarly researchers of esotericism founded in 2016. The main objective of the group is to clarify how far the term “esotericism” could be applied to the Asian history of religions. Click here to learn more about JNASE >
In 2016, ESSWE introduced the Sponsorship Programme for Independent Scholarly Initiatives. We are now opening for applications for the 2017 bid. We will accept applications until January 31, 2017. Please read more about the requirements, procedure, and budget frameworks here.
Manon Hedenborg White (Uppsala University, Sweden) has been appointed Interim ESSWE Student Representative.
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!
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