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New date: Esotericism and the Varieties of Transformation

This student conference is being held to explore the idea of ‘transformation’ in the history of esotericism.
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The student conference is scheduled for 26-27 July 21. This student conference is being held to explore the idea of ‘transformation’ in the history of esotericism. The theme of ‘transformation’ manifests in many domains and on many levels – whether we think about ideas/practices of individual deification, alchemical transmutation, or global consciousness change in New Age schemas, ‘transformation’ appears an almost unavoidable concept within the field. While not exclusive to esotericism (e.g. ‘transubstantiation’ in the Eucharist), this idea does seem to occupy a privileged space specifically in esoteric belief systems and practices. Is this coincidental? Or are ‘transformative’ themes symptomatic of larger patterns intrinsic to esotericism? Hopefully such questions will be investigated during the conference, as well as particular manifestations of this theme in the history of esotericism.

Keynote lecture by Dr. J. Christian Greer.
The two-day conference will be held at the Embassy of the Free Mind, Amsterdam.
BA, MA, and PhD students from all disciplines are welcome to submit paper proposals for 20-minute presentations of their research.The new deadline for the Call for Papers is 19 February 2021.

Contact us at eso.transformation2020@gmail.com

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