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CFP: Buddhist, Spiritual, Esoteric and Ecological Movements in the 21st Century (May 22-23, 2023, Copenhagen)

2022-12-13 11:55 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

Organisers: Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies and the Copenhagen Centre for the Study of Theosophy and Esotericism

Venue: Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Deadline for abstracts: 1st of February, maximum 250 words

This 2-day conference will explore the ways that Buddhist modernism and the spiritual movements of the fin de siècle (as exemplified by the Theosophical Society), both reacting to and enacting the dynamics of colonialism, continue to transform spiritual and ecological movements within and beyond the 21st century.

We invite papers that explore questions such as:

  • How are the legacies of Buddhist modernism and esoteric movements still active in modern environmentalist discourse?
  • In what ways are the kinds of dualisms or oppositions active within the ideas of the fin de siècle, such as spiritualism/materialism and evolution/reversion, embedded within or resisted by contemporary environmental movements?
  • How have Buddhism and spiritual movements been influenced by changing ecological conditions and understandings of the planet? By such phenomena as biodiversity loss, pollution, and the climate crisis?
  • Could a critical return to esoteric source materials from the fin de siècle provide fresh understandings or insights into the current ecological crises?

If you are interested in contributing to this conference, please send your abstract (max. 250 words) and author details to by 1st of February 2022.

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