Friday 17 August 2018

ENSIE at ESSWE 7: reminder

ENSIE is again organising panels for the biannual conference of ESSWE, which in 2019 will be in Amsterdam, 2-4 July 2019. The theme of the conference is "Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States" (read more on the ESSWE website​), and while the ESSWE Call says that the objective is "a large and inclusive conference,"  it also says that "paper and session proposals will go through a careful selection procedure so as to make sure that the final program will have a sharp focus on the conference theme."

Proposals are therefore invited for papers dealing with any aspect of Islam, esotericism and consciousness.
​In particular, proposed topics include:
  • Conceptualisations of consciousness
  • Intoxication
  • Demon possession
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Gendered consciousness
  • Individuation and consciousness.
Papers with a. comparative perspective, for example treating Western or Jewish esotericism as well as Islam, are welcome, but for an ENSIE panel, there must always be a clear Islamic element.
Paper proposals of max 300 words should be submitted in English by 1 September 2018 to Mark Sedgwick, The ESSWE deadline is 1 October 2018, and the ENSIE deadline is designed to allow time to meet this. ENSIE will assemble proposals into proposals for sessions, and forward these to ESSWE. Each session will have four papers.

We welcome submissions from graduate and post-graduate students as well as more experienced or established scholars.