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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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 ... 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.
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