International Conference: Secrets and Secrecy in Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and Early Islam (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, 26–28 July 2019)

Sadly, the call for papers for this one is long past, but the conference looks very interesting to lovers of ancient esotericism. No registration is necessary! A short description follows, or for a list of speakers and topics, check out this web page.

Secrets and secrecy are key features in late-antique, Byzantine, and early Islamic literature. They can manifest as hidden knowledge or sanctity, as disguise or the veiling of intentions, as a physical and metaphorical absence, as the creation of new identities or even as alternative modes of existence. An international conference organised by Anne Alwis (Kent), Anis Ben Amor (Tunis), Kirill Dmitriev (St Andrews) and Konstantin Klein (Bamberg) and funded by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and the Humanities (AGYA) will be investigating the role of secrets and secrecy in a diachronic and interdisciplinary way.