All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature
Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism (ASEM)
in collaboration with
Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), Research Centre for Esotericism and Mysticism at Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities (St. Petersburg), Scientific-Educational Centre “Free Philosophical Society” (Moscow)
And with support of
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)
WAYS OF GNOSIS:
PHENOMENOLOGY AND HERMENEUTICS OF MYSTICAL AND ESOTERIC TRADITIONS
International academic symposium
10-13 April 2013
One of the most important elements of mystical and esoteric traditions is the phenomenon of revelatory soteriological knowledge – gnosis. The Gnostic worldview, its symbols and motives can be found in masterpieces of Western art and literature.
The international academic symposium “Ways of Gnosis” plans to examine this phenomenon from different points of view (phenomenological, hermeneutical, and historical); to show its real significance in Eastern and Western mystical and esoteric traditions; to point out the role of Neoplatonic and Alexandrian Gnosis as one of the intellectual origins of European Culture.
Within the frameworks of symposium “Free Philosophical Society” will present an exhibition on the history of Freemasonry from the funds of Russian “Museum of masonic symbols and history” and organize round table “Freemasonry: traditions and modern world”.
This symposium brings together two regular conferences previously held separately – “Russia and Gnosis,” organized by the Library for Foreign Literature (Moscow) and “Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice,” the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism (ASEM). Thus, the symposium consists of two sections: “Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice” and “Russia and Gnosis: Gnosis and origins of intellectual landscape of European culture”
Working languages: Russian and English. Translation into English will be provided for those guests and participants who are not fluent in Russian.
Applications should be sent to the following E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org before
February 20, 2013 for the section “Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice”:
March 20, 2013 for the section “Russia and Gnosis: Gnosis and origins of intellectual landscape of European culture”.
Application form should be completed this way:
Date of birth;
Place of work/study;
Contact telephone number;
Is an official invitation required (for a Russian visa)? (yes / no);
Specify the section the paper will be read in:
a. Mystical and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice;
b. Russia and Gnosis;
Is any kind of technical support (computer/overhead projector/etc) required for your presentation? If yes, please specify the exact equipment.
Abstract (approx. 100-200 words);
Language that the paper will be presented in;
Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings after the event. The full text of the paper, including footnotes and bibliography, should be between 15,000 and 20,000 characters and should be sent in electronic form only. An example text demonstrating the required formatting is provided on demand.
President of the Organizing Committee: Ekaterina Genieva, (Moscow, Russia).
Members of the Organizing Committee: Wouter J. Hanegraaf (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Birgit Menzel (Meinz, Germany), Sergey Pakhomov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Alexander Petrov (Moscow, Russia), Eugene Rashkovskiy (Moscow, Russia), Alexander Rychkov (Moscow, Russia), Roman Svetlov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Yuriy Zavhorodniy (Kiev, Ukraine), Vadim Zhdanov (Erlangen, Germany), Nikolay Shaburov (Moscow, Russia), George Dergachev (Moscow, Russia).
Executive Secretaries: Alexander Rychkov (Moscow, Russia), Yuriy Khalturin (Moscow, Russia).
Secretariat: Е. Zorya (Kiev, Ukraine), I. Potylizina (Moscow, Russia), T. Prohorova (Moscow, Russia), Т. Vsehsviatskaya (Moscow, Russia).
The symposium will be hosted in two locations.
On April 10-11, 2013, work will proceed at the Library for Foreign Literature (Nikoloyamskaya St., 1).
On April 12-13, 2013, the symposium will transfer to Miusskaya square, 6 (the Russian State University for the Humanities).
Postal address: Nikoloyamskaya St., 1. Moscow, Russia 109189. Library for Foreign Literature, Centre for Religious Literature and Russian Émigré publications. Symposium “Ways of Gnosis”.
Contact E-mail: email@example.com.
Contact phone numbers: +7 (495) 915-79-86 (Center for Religious Literature Russian Émigré publications, LFL), 8-921-384-30-29.