Летняя религиоведческая школа 26–29 июня 2019

Летняя религиоведческая школа «Эзотеризм: факты, смыслы, тексты» пройдёт с 26 по 29 июня в Санкт-Петербурге. Регистрация докладчиков продлится до 1 июня; слушателей – до 17 июня. Оргвзнос для докладчиков и слушателей школы составляет 1000 рублей (длячленов АИЭМ – 500 рублей). Взнос уплачивается в оргкомитет в первый день работы школы.

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10th International Conference «Mystic and Esoteric movements in theory and practice: Sacred geography, Mysticism, and Esoterism», April 22–25, 2019, Stavropol, Russia

North-Caucasus Federal University (Stavropol, Russia)

Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism

10th International Conference




April 22 – 25, 2019

First Call for Papers

Sacred places — that is, places which followers of certain teachings believed possessed special qualities — historically played an important role in mystical and esoteric currents. From Stone Age caves, where tribe initiations were held, to today’s “places of power” visited by representatives of a wide array of esoteric groups, sacred places became centers around which esoteric practices congregated and where secret traditions were passed on from initiator to initiate.

The role of sacred places extends beyond particular sacred sites: for many mystic and esoteric currents, sacred geography in a wider sense — for example, an understanding of how the cosmos works, of the holy character of the cardinal directions, and so on — plays a large role in their philosophy. That philosophy, in turn, is often reflected in the architecture of temples, lodges, and other centers of mystic and esoteric traditions, and are integrated into ritual symbols and iconography of esoteric currents.

This conference aims to consider sacred geography as it is studied in history, anthropology, cultural studies, and psychology. The organizing committee will accept papers on the history of places considered to be both sacred and linked with mystical and esoteric currents, on such places’ status in contemporary culture, on psychological aspects of the influence such sites have on people, and on other topics linked to sacred geography in mystical and esoteric currents.

Sample topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • methodological and terminological problems of the scholarly study of sacred geography in the context of mysticism and esotericism;
  • sacred geography in the East;
  • sacred places in Western mystical and esoteric traditions;
  • the sacred in the structure of the cosmos and the sacred character of cardinal directions in the history of esotericism;
  • mystical and esoteric sacred geography in literature and art.

Working languages: Russian, English

Applications for the conference for participants from CIS countries are to be sent to the address of the organizing committee esoterra.asem@gmail.com by 01.02.2019.  Due to possible visa concerns, we request that applications from participants outside of the CIS are sent by 01.12.2018. We kindly request participants to provide the following information:

  1. Full name:
  2. Date of birth:
  3. Academic degree (if applicable):
  4. Home address:
  5. Place of work/study (if applicable):
  6. Position:
  7. Telephone number:
  8. E-mail:
  9. Need of an official invitation to receive an entry visa to the Russian Federation (yes/no):
  10. Necessary equipment for your presentation (yes (specify)/no):
  11. Title of paper:
  12. Abstract:
  13. Language of paper:

For Russian-speaking participants, entries 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12 need to be filled out both in Russian and English. The applicant is also required to attach a photo of themselves, no more than 1Mb in size.

Applications for panels are accepted until 01.02.2019. Panel applications need to follow the general application form outlined above. Additionally, the panel organizer needs to provide the approximate number of panel participants and a preliminary program.

A completed application does not guarantee acceptance to the conference. The organizing committee reserves the right to ask for additional information from applicants to specify unclear applications. Decisions on applications are made by the organizing committee within a week after the application deadline. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by e-mail.

Remote participation in the conference is not provided for.

A conference program including information about participants and their abstracts will be published and provided to the participants before the start of the conference. It will also be available on the ASEM website.

The conference fee is differentiated according to ASEM membership and geographical location of the participant (see table below):

Conference participants ASEM members ASEM non-members
Post-Soviet countries (excepting the Baltic countries) 500 roubles 1000 roubles
Residents of non-Post-Soviet countries 10 Euros 30 Euros

The organizational fee will be used to cover the costs of organizing the conference as well as the publication of conference papers, which is planned after the conference takes place. The collected conference materials will include papers that have been presented at the conference and accepted for publication up to 20 000 characters in length. The conference fee is paid at the time of registration.

The organizational fee does not include transportation, lodging, food or possible additional services (tours, museums, and so on). The organizing committee does not provide lodging for conference participants; however, it will provide information on local options at the request of an accepted participant.

The organizing committee is open to propositions of material and informational support from interested physical and legal persons.

Conference address: Stavropol (Russia), North-Caucasus Federal University. All inquiries about the conference are directed to: esoterra.asem@gmail.com.

Organizing committee:

Organizing committee chair: Sergey V. Pakhomov

Organizing committee members: Yuri Y. Zavhorodniy, Roman V. Nutrikhin, Stanislav A. Panin, Birgit Menzel, Yuri F. Rodichenkov, Evgeni L. Kuzmishin

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About the Journal

The academic online journal Aliter is a new academic project of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism (ASEM). The journal is a regularly published online periodical, the goal of which is to publish academic materials dedicated to the study of esotericism and mysticism in Russian and English. Over the last several dozen years, there has been a significant growth of interest in society towards these topics and thus a perceivable increase in scholarly research. However, up until this time the Russian-speaking academia had no specialized journal aimed at consolidating the scholarly discourse in this field of study.

The aim of Aliter is to foster research of different mystical-esoteric traditions and phenomena; to develop new and conceptualize old methods of scholarly research; to study the development dynamics of esoteric groups both past and present. Each issue is planned to include reviews of books and collections of articles dedicated to this topic. The journal does not limit itself to the history of Western esotericism, but also includes corresponding phenomena in Eastern countries, as well as Russia and other FSU countries.

The journal accepts materials split into the following categories (subject to change):

  1. Western esotericism and mysticism;
  2. Eastern esotericism and mysticism;
  3. Esotericism and mysticism in art and literature’;
  4. History of «secret societies”;
  5. Mysticism and esotericism in the FSU;
  6. Methodological aspects of esotericism and mysticism;
  7. Reviews.

The Latin title of the journal means «Alternately,» chosen to denote the «otherness,» the alternative status of the mystical and esoteric manifestations of religious culture. The editors stress that this journal is purely academic, is not attempting to popularize or advertise esotericism and mysticism, does not publish materials that advertise these movements, and does not involve itself in a biased, ideological discourse towards any of these movements.

The journal invites papers from scholars from all humanities disciplines who are interested in esotericism and mysticism and adhere to a strict scholarly approach to this subject. Papers that have not previously been published or published in a print run of no more than 100 copies are accepted. The papers need to be sent in electronic form (.rtf format) to aiem.asem@yandex.ru, as well as to include an abstract in either Russian or English and information about the author (full name, year of birth, academic degree, place of work and position, home and work address, contact phone and E-mail). Publishing a paper in Aliter is both free and unpaid. The article should be up to 80,000 characters long. The papers undergo strict selection and peer review. If a paper is accepted, it is edited in close collaboration with the author. The editors reserve the right to decline any materials that are not up to strict scholarly standards, include biased opinions, and/or are full of grammar or stylistic mistakes.

The journal is published regularly no less frequently than once per year, with each issue containing 5-8 materials. Every issue of the journal is available on the ASEM website with a separate website as a future possibility. The editors believe that Aliter will take its due place among other similar journals and will make a significant contribution to the development of the academic study of mysticism and esotericism.

S. V. Pakhomov (editor-in-chief) (St. Petersburg, Russia)
D. Galtsin (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
B. Menzel (Mainz, Germany)
S. A. Panin (secretary) (Houston, USA)
Yu. F. Rodichenkov (Vyazma, Russia)
Y. A. Shabanova (Dnipro, Ukraine)
Y. Y. Zavgorodniy (Kyiv, Ukraine)

The journal is published by the Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism

E-mail: aiem-asem@aiem-asem.org

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Aliter №11 (2019)

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U. R. Kleinhempel. Traces of Buddhist Presence in Alexandria: Philo and the “Therapeutae”
Yu. V. Kraiko. New Age as a Challenge for Evangelism: The History of Catholic Theological Polemics with the “New Spirituality” in Official Publica-tions of the Catholic Church for 1989–2015
A. Sterken. Gnostic Souls in an Alien Body: Motif h43 “One Creates the Body”, Another the Soul and its Cognitive Mechanisms in Gnostic Mythologies

R. Guénon. The Spiritist Fallacy / Tr. by A. Ignatiev (continuance). Chapters IV
E. L. Kuzmishin. Philippe de Lyon in his Contemporaries’ Biographic Narrative
Encausse Ph. The Master Philippe de Lyon. Thaumaturgist and “God’s Man”, His Miracles, His Healings, His Teachings / Tr. by E. Kuzmishin

D. Galtsin. Book review: Churton T. «Jerusalem! The Real Life of William Blake». London: Watkins, 2015
A. Zaytseva. Book review: O’Connell M. «The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs». New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017

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