The conference will research a particular aspect of the Western Esoteric Tradition, where groups or individuals are willing to violate or break taboos, transgressing social and religious boundaries or values as part of their practices and beliefs. We will investigate whether the followers of illicit esoteric practices consider themselves to be effectively dissident, whether they wish to keep their practices public, private and what their objectives and motivations are for transgressing. However, the conference will not exclude societal or external perceptions since transgression maintains reactionary characteristics, generally in opposition to a perceived overpowering majoritarian presence. Finally, another key aspect will rest on historic investigation as the conceptualization of transgression is necessarily different within the context of Antiquity as opposed to the Renaissance or the Contemporary era.
We are pleased to announce that Marco Pasi, Associate Professor in the study of Western Esotericism, from the University of Amsterdam, will be our first keynote speaker.
Date: 6-7 June 2018
Abstract submission: 31 January 2018 Registration is open See the call for papers for a more detailed overview.
We would like to cordially invite you to join our conference, Consciously Illicit, to exchange ideas and scholarly experience in Brno, Czech Republic.
See the Practical information section for maps, useful links and details about travelling and accommodation. We advise participants to book their accommodation early.
The traditions and ideas which are part of what in the academic
sphere is currently defined as Western Esotericism, have operated
on the fringe of mainstream religious thinking. These were sometimes
integrated but depending on the era either more in opposition with the
predominant religious current or simply tolerated. Most of its fascination
for the public is drawn from a basic concoction of mystery, exclusivity
and the forbidden. This has generated reactions which have ranged from
violent to relentless attraction, an unyielding call towards that which
is considered as a spiritual taboo, a renegade and possibly for this
reason more in line with a perceived authentic extramundane. It is exactly
this last sentiment that our conference will address, the men, women and
traditions which in time have willingly opposed societal and religious
or spiritual conformity.
There is no fee for the conference. We have organized a conference barbecue and social event which will take place at the end of the first day. The cost will be 20 €. Participation is not obligatory.
We have a list of recommended hotels with a special discount for the conference participants. If, however, you wish to find a different accommodation there is a list of hotels on the Brno: official website.
Open Gardens, 33 Údolní street, Brno
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. You can reach it by plane, car, train or bus. The nearest international airports are in Prague (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovak Republic). Brno does have an international airport; however, it has few international flights.
Getting to Brno from the nearest international airports is also very simple. We will provide you with some recommendations, but you will find your way to Brno without problem even if you do not follow them precisely.
If you have any questions, please contact the organizers via the conference’s e-mail, email@example.com.
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