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Call for papers: The Eranos Experience: Spirituality and the Arts from a Comparative Perspective Deadline 15 april


Conference: The Eranos Experience: Spirituality and the Arts from a Comparative Perspective on 17-18-19 November 2022 at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

The conference is organized jointly by Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Francesco Piraino) and the Centre for
the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (Marco Pasi), in collaboration with the
Chair for Literature and Cultural Studies at the ETH (Andreas Kilcher), Zurich.

Call for papers: deadline 15 April 2022

Abstracts and Texts

Abstracts up to 300 words, accompanied by a short CV, should be submitted in English by the 15th of April. A notification of acceptance will be forwarded by the 15th of May. Two months after the Conference, we will ask participants to send us their full paper, to be published in a special issue or edited volume. We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers and established scholars.

Conference goals

The influence of Eranos has been pervasive on twentieth-century culture, and it has gone beyond the boundaries of academic scholarship in a strict sense. This conference has two main purposes. The first is to understand how the legacy of Eranos has had an impact on the humanities and the social sciences: we will discuss the question of universals in religious phenomena, the value and usefulness of comparative approaches, the importance given to myths and symbols, the role of historicism, and the similarities between Eranos and contemporary developments such as the ontological turn in anthropology. The second goal is to explore the influence or the echoes of Eranos on the performing and figurative arts, in particular on music, dance, theatre, and painting.

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