The Association for the Study of Esotericism is seeking paper proposals
for our first North American Conference on
Esotericism: From Europe to North America to be held 3-5 June, 2004, at Michigan State University
We welcome scholars from a wide range of perspectives, including
anthropology, American studies, art history, history, history of
religions, literature,philosophy, religious studies, sociology - the full range of academic disciplines and fields that bear upon this area of study. This is an interdisciplinary field of research, and we believe everyone will benefit from the cross-fertilization of perspectives.
We particularly encourage submission of proposals for articles on subjects that belong to one or more of the following general categories:
Esotericism in Antiquity: Gnosticism and Hermeticism
Medieval and Early Modern Forms of Esotericism in Europe and North
alchemy, astrology; the history of science, technology, magic, and
folk magical traditions in North America (Pennsylvania Dutch,
Appalachian, and other forms)
Nineteenth Century Forms of Esotericism in North America: Magic and
Secrecy in Religion, Philosophy, Literature, Music, or Art
Twentieth Century Forms of Esotericism: History of Art, Literature,
Music, Philosophy, Religion, Magic
New Religious Movements and the Contemporary Study of Esotericism
Asian Influences on European and North American forms of Esotericism
Methods and Approaches to the Study of Esotericism
If you wish to submit a paper proposal for review and possible
presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to
conference organizers at
our website and you may send a copy to the email address below.
We are also interested in panel discussions on interdisciplinary
approaches to the field, and in order to encourage graduate study in the
field, will offer a prize for the best graduate student paper presented.
No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into ordinary
email. Please limit abstracts to one single-spaced page or less and a
brief bibliography. The deadline for paper proposals is 15 February, 2004.
Each proposal will be reviewed by an academic committee and because of
time constraints, we can only accept a limited number of papers. Regular
mail proposals may be sent to the contact below.
You should receive our response within four to six weeks.
The Association for the Study of Esotericism [ASE]
For more information on the ASE and our conference in June, 2004, see our
ASE Conference, c/o Prof. Arthur Versluis
235 Bessey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
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