An alchemical novel in Strasbourg / The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz
Ein alchimistischer Roman in Straßburg / Die Chymische Hochzeit des Christian Rosencreutz
To mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz in Strasbourg (1616), the University of Strasbourg has organised an international and interdisciplinary conference in partnership with the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes et la Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA).
This event will bring together scholars working in a wide array of disciplines (German studies, history of ideas, literature, history of religions, history of art, theology, philosophy…), who will endeavour to shed light on a book that remains mysterious in many respects although it has elicited an impressive number of comments and interpretations for 400 years. Published anonymously in 1616 by the publisher Lazare Zetzner under the title Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz anno 1459, shortly after Fama Fraternitatis (1614) and Confessio Fraternitatis (1615), the third Rosicrucian manifesto presents itself as an alchemical novel of sorts. Its author is thought to be a young theology student from Tübingen, Johann Valentin Andreae (1586-1654). The conference will feature research situating the text within its religious, political, intellectual, social and cultural contexts, and also examine its rich legacy up to the present day. Participants will explore the reasons of the enthusiasm surrounding the book and the multiple forms of its reception (alchemical, esoteric, philosophical, literary, artistic, etc.).
The conference will be accompanied by a cultural event: the concert/reading Sérénade au château (Serenade at the Castle), featuring Jean Lorrain and the Grünewald viol consort (MISHA, Salle Europe, Thursday 13 October, 6pm). A visit of the ancient collections and of the original Rosicrucian writings preserved in the national university library (BNU) of Strasbourg collections will be hosted by BNU curator Daniel Bornemann, on Friday 14 October, 5.30pm (register by email: email@example.com)
Conference Location: MISHA, 5, Allée du Général Rouvillois, Strasbourg, campus Esplanade
Thursday 13 October, 10am – 5.30pm; Friday 14 October, 9am – 5.30pm
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