CFP — Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods

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Association for the Study of Esotericism Fifth International Conference

Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and
June 19-22, 2014

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and
panel proposals for its fifth International North American Conference on
Esotericism to be held at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the many dimensions of
Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and
methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and
aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the
conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including
arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories
of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We
invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice,
mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism,
contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on
Western traditions, and other relevant topics. We are also interested
in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other
topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an
interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all
disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a
cross-fertilization of perspectives. We welcome scholars from a wide
range of areas, including anthropology, American studies, art history,
history, intellectual history, religious studies, literature,
philosophy, psychology, medieval studies, sociology-the full range of
academic disciplines and fields.

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is January 15th 2014.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel
proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions

included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please
send it by regular email to

*No attachments*, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into
*plain text email*. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two
paragraphs, and must indicate *academic affiliation and/or other
academic qualifications*. Independent scholars are welcome to submit
proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum
capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than
later. We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in
2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include
the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume
in the series).

For more information on the ASE, see our website at
An additional announcement will be forthcoming
on the 2014 ASE conference, with information on location, hotels, and
conference registration.

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