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University of Amsterdam

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Speaker:Prof. Karl Baier

Karl Baier is Associate Professor and, since 2013, head of the Department of Religious Studies. He holds an M.A. in Catholic Theology (1993) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (1987). From 1987 to 2009 he was a postdoctoral research assistant and Assistant Professor at the Department of Christian Philosophy, University of Vienna. From 2000 to 2005 he designed and co-ordinated a postgraduate course on Interreligious Theology of Spirituality at Paris Lodron University, Salzburg. In 2008 he submitted his habilitation thesis for Religious Studies on the history of meditation in modern times, which was published in two volumes in 2009. The same year he became associate professor at the Department of Religious Studies. From 2003 to 2016 he served as a member of the editorial board of Polylog: Zeitschrift für interkulturelles Philosophieren. Since 2010, he is co-editing the Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft. Professor Baier is a board member of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies. He is a member of the Austrian Association for the Study of Religions (ÖGRW) and of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). His current research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century alternative religion, mesmerism, occultism, modern yoga research, and psychedelics.

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University of Vienna
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Speaker:Prof. Sonu Shamdasani

Sonu Shamdasani (born 1962) is a London-based author, editor, and professor at University College London. His writings focus on Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), and cover the history of psychiatry and psychology from the mid-nineteenth century to current times.

Shamdasani edited for its initial publication a major work of Jung: The Red Book. Although well known by its title, until 2009 its contents had remained hidden from the public and from practicing psychotherapists.

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University College London (UCL)
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Yulia Ustinova ESSWE 2019 Amsterdam
Speaker:Prof. Yulia Ustinova

Yulia Ustinova is Professor of Ancient History at the Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

I was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in Russia, and received my Ph.D. degree from the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1988. In 1990 I immigrated to Israel. My research focuses on ancient Greek religion and its role within the society. In addition to historical written and archaeological sources, I make use of a multidisciplinary approach based on the application of results of cognitive neuroscience, anthropology, and sociology to the interpretation of historical phenomena.

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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