ContERN will arrange special sessions at ESSWE4, which will be held at University of Gothenburg on June 26-29, 2013. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with esotericism, CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine), and conspiracy culture, but other themes related to contemporary esotericism will be considered as well. Please send your abstract (approximately 250 words, with title and academic affiliation) to conterncontact[at]gmail.com by January 15, 2013 at the latest.
The general theme of next year’s ESSWE conference is esotericism and health. A full call for papers is available at the ESSWE website.
The 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism, which took place at Stockholm University on August 27-29 2012, was the launching event of the ContERN network. A few reviews of the conference have been published over the month that has passed. The two most relevant so far:
Review by Venetia Robertson, for the Religious Studies Project
Review by Sasha Chaitow, for Phoenix Rising Academy
Members of a Dutch esoteric order called the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight were also present at the conference, and published the result of their experience with “going native in reverse” in three installments, here, here and here.
If you come across any other reviews or mentions of this event, don’t hesitate to leave a comment to this post!
Here we are building the web portal of the Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN). The site is under construction. Meanwhile, do check out our Google group for news and communication. For the website of our mother organisation, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), click here.