31st May 2006 marks the 250th birth anniversary of Jose Custodio de Faria (better known as the Abbé Faria), hailed as the father of modern hypnotism. To mark this event and to make the Abbé contribution to science, better known to the world, several of his compatriots in his motherland, Goa, have been striving to draw public attention and awareness to the Abbé's life and achievements and build a permanent memorial to him. A website http://www.abbefaria.com/index.htm has been created and a petition has been lodged before the Indian government to issue a postal stamp to commemorate the Abbé's 250th birth anniversary. Well-known Goan academic and playwright, Prof Isabel Santa Rita Vas has produced a play about the life and times of Abbé Faria. Abbe Faria's sermon on the Advent of the Holy Spirit, delivered in Latin in the Sistine Chapel at the invitation of and in the presence of His Holiness, Pope Pius VI, has been translated into English by Fr. Ivo Souza, Professor at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol, Goa.
On the international plane too, there has been a revival of interest in the life and the work of Abbé Faria. In 2004 US based French hypnotherapist and veteran translator, Laurent Carrer has translated the Abbé's opus "De la cause du sommeil lucide" into English and in July 2005, French publishing house, Harmattan, published "De la cause du Sommeil Lucide" (http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=19589). Revue La France Pittoresque carried an article on the Abbé Faria in its 16th issue (Oct/Nov/Dec 2005) http://www.magazine-histoire.com/numeros/256b.htm. A commemorative postcard will also be released by the postal authorities in Portugal.
Luis Santa Rita Vas (who has worked hard to make the Abbé contribution to science better known to the public) and I have been thinking of bringing out an edited volume of essays on the life and the legacy of the Abbé.
This is a non-profit publication project and we would like to invite potential contributors who have reasearched on the Abbé Faria's legacy to send us a detailed one page proposal for an article of 6000-8000 words . Please send the abstracts to
Deadline for proposals: 30th July 2006
Dr Maria-Suzette Fernandes Dias
Centre for cross-Cultural Research
The Australian National University
Acton ACT 0200
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