Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

esswe8
ESSWE9 will be held at Malmö University, Sweden, June 26–28, 2023

Western Esotericism and Practice

ESSWE9 calls for a comprehensive exploration of the many dimensions of practice in Western esotericism. In recovering and documenting religious and philosophical currents, persons, and groups overlooked in “mainstream” histories, scholars of Western esotericism have developed considerable knowledge and analytical tools for understanding what esoteric practitioners have believed or thought about the world and themselves — while less is known about what esotericists did or do. Several challenges face the study of esoteric practices, related to sources (esoteric practices are often conveyed via oral tradition or practical demonstration, posing a challenge for the reconstruction of historical practices); research access and ethics (emic strategies of secrecy or concealment mean that scholars seeking to explore esoteric practices may face challenges or ethical questions in determining what to disclose); and interpersonal relations (rapport with close-knit groups may be required to access to certain practices).

Practical information
-Sessions will have a length of 120 minutes, providing room for 4 papers.
-Each individual paper should have a length of 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion.
-Conference language: English.
-Paper and session proposals should be submitted to esswe9 at mau.se no later than November 15, 2022.

Important dates
Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals: Nov 15, 2022.
Notification of acceptance and beginning of registration: January 15, 2023.
Deadline for early bird registration: April 1, 2023.

Bursaries
The ESSWE provides a number of travel bursaries for scholars and students from economically disadvantaged countries.

Organisational team
Manon Hedenborg White, Erik Alvstad, Erica Li Lundqvist, Bodil Liljefors-Persson, Paulina Gruffman

Scientific committee
Erik Alvstad, Egil Asprem, Henrik Bogdan, Manon Hedenborg White, Tim Rudbøg

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