Monday 30 December 2019

Symposium on Orientalisms and Esotericisms in Costa Rica

Just announced: a symposium on Orientalisms and Esotericisms to be held in Costa Rica, October 20-22, 2020, organised by the University of Costa Rica and the Centro de Estudios sobre el Esoterismo Occidental (CEEO-UNASUR).

The following dates have been announced:
  • January 2020: Circular 1.
  • April 2020: Circular 2.
  • July 31, 2020: Registration closing.
  • August 2020: Acceptance letter endorsed by the international scientific committee.
  • September 30, 2020: Delivery of paper for publication.
  • October 20-22 of 2020: International Symposium.
The coordination team consists of:
  • Francisco Rodríguez Cascante, UCR-SRO
  • Esteban Rodríguez Dobles, UCR-EEG
  • Juan Pablo Bubello, University of Buenos Aires and CEEO-UNASUR
  • Gabriel Terol, University of Valencia
  • Ricardo Martínez Esquivel, UCR-SRP and REHMLAC +
The conference language is Spanish, but panel proposals in English will also be accepted.

For further information, contact This is the email address of the Revista de Estudios Históricos de la Masonería Latinoamericana y Caribeña (Journal for the Historical Study of Latin American and Caribbean Freemasonry).

Thursday 12 December 2019

Esoteric Cultures of Scripture Conference

There is an interesting conference on "Esoteric Cultures of Scripture" at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London on 17th and 18th December 2019, with an impressive caste of scholars.

Most panels pair an Islamic topic with another tradition. On the first day, there are panels on “Neo-gnostic hermeneutics” (Yemenite Ṭayyibism and Medieval Christian Dualism), on “Graphemes and graphics” (Qur’anic and Kabbala), “Somatic approaches” (Yoga and Late Antique Theurgists), and “Lettric dimensions” (Jewish and Nuṣayrī). On the second day, the panels are on “Scriptural adaption in traditions of transformation” (Alchemical Tafsīr, and Commentary in Esoteric Traditions), “Allegory and allegoresis” (Shahrastānī and Judaism), and “Ontological and unitive interpretation” (Shi‘i-Sufi Exegesis and Meister Eckhart).

The full program is available from the IIS website here.