Conference report

“Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe”, 27-28 June 2016, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

– Gyorgy Szonyi

Two years after its foundation in Budapest, CEENASWE, the Central and Eastern European Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism held its second conference “Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe” in Belgrade between 27-28 June, 2016. The event – co-organized by the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade – was a great success with 39 high quality papers, the authors of which ranged from Gdansk to Crete, Amsterdam to Moscow, Aarhus to Sofia, including all the Central European countries and many more. The event also featured Yuri Stoianov’s keynote lecture on “Esotericism and Visionary Mysticism in Medieval Byzantine and Slavonic Orthodox Pseudepigraphic and Heretical Literature”. The abstracts of the conference can be seen on CEENASWE’s website. We find it important that the scope of this conference reached much beyond Central Europe both towards the West and to the East, especially Russia and Ukraine.

The conference was concluded by a members meeting of CEENASWE where it was restated that membership in the network depends on ESSWE membership and it has been decided that at the following conferences no registration fee will be charged for ESSWE members, however non members will have to pay a fee. The meeting also decided about the next two conferences: Olomouc (Czech Republic in 2018) and somewhere in Poland (in 2020). ♦

The report was published in the ESSWE Newsletter – Summer 2016 Volume 7, Number 1, p. 8.