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Call for Papers: 2021 Meeting of ENSIE (29 September-1 October 2021 on Zoom)

2021-03-11 12:17 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

Islam and Esotericism: Societies, Politics, and Practices

Call for Papers

2021 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE): 29 September-1 October 2021 on Zoom

The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) invites proposals for its 2021 meeting, to be held on Zoom 29 September-1 October 2021. The theme for the meeting is “Islam and Esotericism: Societies, Politics, and Practices.”

Religious studies, and especially the study of esotericism, tend to focus on text production and ideas. Societies, politics, practices—and also economics, social forms, and the material—are often neglected in the study of esotericism, partly due to methodological challenges. We would therefore like to invite scholars to submit proposals focusing on these dimensions of Islam and esotericism, of esotericism and Islam, and of Islamic esotericism.

We especially invite proposals from sociologists and anthropologists, as well as other scholars. The chronological scope stretches from medieval to contemporary times.

We invite papers that engage with these aims, but—as usual—proposals relating to Islam and Esotericism that do not relate to the meeting theme are also welcome.

The meeting will be held over successive afternoons to make it possible for both European scholars and scholars in American time zones to participate.

There is no fee for attending the meeting.


The meeting is being held in 2021 rather than 2022 (when it would normally be held, following ENSIE’s standard practice) because the 2021 meeting of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), of which ENSIE is a thematic network, has moved its 2021 conference to 2022 because of Covid, and ENSIE’s 2022 meeting will therefore be part of ESSWE’s 2022 conference.


By 15 May 2021, please send to

  • The title and abstract (250 words maximum) of your proposed paper.
  • Your name, institution, academic position, a brief bio
  • A short CV.

Scientific committee

The meeting is organised by

  • Mark Sedgwick, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University, and Convener of ENSIE
  • Liana Saif, assistant professor in the History of Western Esotericism in The Middle Ages, University of Amsterdam
  • Francesco Piraino, Postdoc, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, and Fondazione Giorgio Cini
  • Michele Petrone, Adjunct professor, Università di Milano

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