ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers
Association for the Study of Esotericism
Fifth International Conference
Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods
June 19-22, 2014
Keynote speakers include:
Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach
Prof. Brach holds a Chair at l’École pratique des Hautes Études et in d’Histoire des courants ésotériques dans l’Europe moderne et contemporaine (Sorbonne) succeeding Antoine Faivre in this role.
Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston
Prof. Johnston teaches at Ohio State University and is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and Roman esoteric philosophical-religious traditions. She is also editor of Religions of the Ancient World (Harvard UP).
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 conference arrangements, see our website at www.aseweb.org
A conference schedule will shortly be available, and in the meantime, you can register at the link on our “Conference Registration” page. The conference will feature more than sixty papers from around the world—stay tuned!