Friday 11 November 2022

ENSIE Call for Papers for ESSWE9


is again organising panels for the biannual conference of ESSWE, which in 2023 will be in Malmø, Sweden from Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June. The theme of the conference is "Western Esotericism and Practice." Proposals are therefore invited for papers dealing with any aspect of Islam, esotericism, and practice. ​Practice includes, but is not limited to, ritual, initiation, textual practices, preparation and consumption of food and beverages, amulets, and techniques for generating exceptional states of consciousness. ENSIE will then assemble proposals for papers into proposals for sessions, and forward these to ESSWE. Each session will have four papers. 


ENSIE will also be holding an additional ENSIE workshop with round-tables purely for ENSIE members in conjunction with the ESSWE conference, on Sunday 25 June, in Malmø.  


Proposals for ESSWE panels and/or the ENSIE workshop should be submitted by 9 December 2022 to It is possible to participate in both events, but only one paper may be submitted. Please include name, title, and institutional affiliation, and then 3-5 keywords and, for paper proposals, a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words. 


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Thursday 10 November 2022

Change to status of ENSIE

When the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) was established in 2016, it was a network of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). Since then, ENSIE has worked well as a scholarly network, not only within ESSWE but also independently, with three ENSIE conferences and one book. 

The ENSIE management committee has now decided, in agreement with ESSWE, that it would be better for ENSIE to proceed as an independent scholarly association, still affiliated to ESSWE, but independent of it. In some ways this means that nothing will change--ENSIE will continue doing what it has been doing since 2016. However, the change will also allow us to expand our activities, and we are about to launch an expanded blog/newsletter and an additional ENSIE workshop in years where there is not an ENSIE conference. It also changes financial arrangements. Previously, there has been no fee for being a member of ENSIE, because it was assumed that members of ENSIE were also members of ESSWE who had paid the ESSWE fee. In fact, many ENSIE members were never actually members of ESSWE, and that is now no longer required. Instead, we are asking ENSIE members in future to pay a small annual fee (€10/£10/200TRY/US$10) to ENSIE to pay for administration costs and support ENSIE initiatives. This fee will apply from January 1, 2023. As a member of ENSIE, you will be able to attend ENSIE conferences and workshops, receive the new ENSIE Newsletter, and vote for members of the ENSIE board in future years.

If you are already registered as an ENSIE member, all you need to do is pay the fee to one of the following accounts before 31 December 2022. If you are unable to pay the fee because you reside in a country that is cut off from the international financial system by sanctions, please email the treasurer at and we will offer you free membership. If you do not wish to pay the fee, please email the secretary at so that we can remove you from the membership list and avoid sending you emails requesting payment in future. If you are unable to pay the fee for some other reason but wish to remain a member, please also email the secretary.

Payments may be sent to:

In euros, ENSIE, IBAN BE07 9674 3342 5466, BIC TRWIBEB1XXX (address: Bank Wise, Avenue Louise 54, Brussels1050, Belgium),

in pounds sterling: ENSIE, sort code 23-14-70, account number 85764464 (address: Bank Wise, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ).

in Turkish Lira, ENSIE, IBAN TR02 0010 3000 0000 0049 4253 80, no other details required.

in US dollars: ENSIE, routing number 084009519, account number 9600009305579785 (address: Wise US Inc, 30 W. 26th Street, Sixth Floor, New York NY 10010).

For other currencies, please contact the treasurer,