Readers of the blog may know that the ESSWE 4 Conference takes place this week at the University of Gothenburg. For those who don’t know what ESSWE is, it is the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, and every two years they hold a conference which gathers together scholars of esotericism. From what I hear, if this is your field of study, this is really the only place to be!
While this conference obviously has something for everyone, I wanted to highlight two panels which may be of interest for those of you attending who are interested about the ancient world.
The first panel to note is the parallel session on Late Antiquity being held the first day of the conference, Wednesday, June 26th. Moderated by Wouter Hanegraaff, it features two speakers: Matthew Twigg and Dr. Dylan Burns. Twigg will be talking about Valentinism (without pissing off too many scholars here, it can be considered to be a form of gnosticism) and Burns will be talking about gnosis in antiquity.
The other panel I wanted to mention takes place on Saturday morning and is the ESSWE Sub-group Roundtable. You can learn more about ESSWE sub-groups here. Anyway, the Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity will be there talking about how amazing we are and how extremely intelligent their web designer is*. Actually, it looks like we’ll be talking about esotericism in antiquity. So if you want to learn more about that, please join us. If you don’t want to learn more about that, come out anyway and say hi!
I know I am not the only one looking forward to the conference this week. If you’re attending, please take a minute to say hi!
*Note: I am their web designer.
Photo by thomas alan.