Conference: ESSWE 4, Esotericism and Health

Registration has opened for the ESSWE 4 conference, which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in June. This year’s conference is on the topic of health and esotericism.

A complete list of accepted papers is available on the website, as well as information about keynote lectures, registration information, and accommodations.

This conference is open to non-ESSWE members as well as the general public. ESSWE members do, however, enjoy significant discounts. You can join ESSWE here.

From the conference website:

ESSWE 4 ConferenceJune 26-29, 2013
University of Gothenburg

Keynote speakers:

  • Peter J. Forshaw (University of Amsterdam)
  • Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University)
  • James R. Lewis (University of Trømso)

Issues relating to health can be seen as an intrinsic part of the field of esotericism, but surprisingly little attention has been given to how health is understood and construed in esoteric discourses. The conference thus fills an important lacuna in the study of Western esotericism.

Over 100 papers by both senior and junior scholars will deal with such diverse topics as esoteric notions and discourses on health, sexuality and well-being, “occult” causes for disease, “occult medicine”, notions of therapeutic benefits of magic and meditation, alchemical approaches to health, alternative forms of medicine, etc.

What is ESSWE?

The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) is a learned society, established in 2005 to advance the academic study of the various manifestations of Western esotericism from late antiquity to the present, and to secure the future development of the field. Every second year ESSWE organises an international conference, and this year’s conference in Gothenburg is the fourth conference.

More information can be found on the ESSWE 4 website.