THIRD CONFERENCE OF CEENASWE, The Central and Eastern European Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism, associated with ESSWE
(The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism)

The event is hosted by The Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged (The Research Group for Cultural Iconology and Semiography in cooperation with the Departments of Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, and Visual Studies).

November 16-17 (Friday-Saturday), 2018

Venue: Faculty of Arts, Conference Room, Szeged, Egyetem u. 2.

All interested persons are welcome!

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November 16, Friday


08:30 Registration

09:15 Opening

ZOLTÁN VAJDA, Vice-Dean of Faculty, GYÖRGY E. SZÖNYI, Chairman of CEENASWE, and NEMANJA RADULOVIC, Board Member of ESSWE

09:30–11:00  Session 1

Iurii Rudnev (PhD candidate, CEU/Medieval Studies): Matthias Corvinus’ Bas-relief in Bautzen: Could it Be Inspired by the Bellifortis’ Illumination?Fernando Gil (King’s College University of London) – Róbert Péter (University of Szeged / English): Károly Martell / Carlos Mardel (1695-1763): the First Hungarian Freemason?

Márton Szentpéteri (MOMA, Budapest): János Molnár and the Temple of Solomon: From Jesuit Arianistycznym through Newtonian Enlightenment to Catholic Anti-masonry

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–13:00 Session 2

Péter Lánchidi (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev): The Kabbalistic-Masonic Lithographs of a Hungarian Rabbi from the 1830s and ’40s

Ionut Daniel Bancila (University of Erfurt): Orthodox Aesthetics and Western Esotericism: Traditionalism and the Orthodox Theology of the Icon

Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS, University of London): Confluences of Western Esotericism and Neo-Gnosticism in Modern South-Eastern European Artistic Contexts

13:00–14:30 Lunch Break

14:30–16:00 Session 3

Per Faxneld (Södertörn University, Stockholm): A Polish Satanist: the Theme of Esotericism in the Writings of Stanislaw Przybyszewski

Boris Ziselman, Igor Ustyuzhyn (Hebrew Union College): Maksimilian Voloshin’s Ezekiel’s Vision: Text and Context

Vitalii Shchepanskyi (The National University of Ostroh Academy, Ostroh, Ukraine)
Esoteric Worldview and Politics of Oles Berdnik


16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:00 Session 4

Nemanja Raduloviæ (University of Belgrade / Serbian Literature): From Mediala to Hyperborean Realism

Noel Putnik (Alumnus of the Central European University, Belgrade): Selfic Painting, Talismanic Poems and Sacred Pyramids: The Work of Dušan Niniæ

18:30–19:30 “Virtual Exhibition” organized by Wolfgang A. Grabow (see the poster below)

19:30–21:00 Reception


November 17, Saturday


09:30–11:00 Session 5


Karolina Maria Hess (PhD candidate, Jagellonian University; University of Silesia in Katowice / Faculty of Social Sciences):Artistic Visions of Esoteric Philosophy in Works of Wojciech Weiss (1875-1950)

Małgorzata Alicja Dulska (PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University / Institute for the Study of Religions): The Imaginary Worlds. Esoteric Visions in the Circle of the Janowska Group

Jan Miklas-Frankowski (Post-doctoral fellow, University of Gdańsk): An unfinished Gnostic dystopia: ‘The Hills of Parnassus’ by Czesław Miłosz

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–12:30 Session 6

György E. Szõnyi (University of Szeged / English; Central European University, Budapest): Antal Szerb’s School-time Novel

Edit Újvári (University of Szeged / Juhász Gyula Faculty of Education): The Poerty of Sándor Weöres and the Modern Hermetic Tradition

12:30–14:30 Lunch Break

14:30–16:00 Session 6

Kuba Dorabialski (PhD candidate, University of NSW, Sydney): Nesting Nostalgias: The Transrational Impulse in Eastern European Contemporary Art

Nadežda Elezoviæ (PhD candidate, University of Zadar / Department of History of Art): Contemporary Art and Esotericism of Southeastern Europe: Post-conceptual Artist and Shaman Vladimir Dodig Trokut

Kateryna Zorya (Södertörn University, Stockholm): The Molfar: from Shadows of the Forgotten Ancestors to Contemporary Practice

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:30 Session 7

Pavel Nosachev (Moscow): A Joke about the Creator: Victor Pelevin and the Gnostic Myth

Róbert Pölcz (PhD candidate, University of Szeged / English): De Occulta Philosophia – Disenchanted Audio-visual Magic in the Experimental Video Art of Hungarian Filmmaker Gábor Bódy

18:30–19:00 Conclusions

20:00 Optional dinner
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Program of the 3rd Conference of CEENASWE