The Birth of the Science of Religion: Out of the Spirit of Occultism

This coming Wednesday through Friday,February 14-16,  the University of Freiburg is hosting the International Conference on the Birth of the Science of Religion: Out of the Spirit of Occultism. The campus is located at Av. de L’Europe 20, CH-1700 Freiburg.

The program will be as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 14th
13:30 – 14:30 Reception by Judith Bodendörfer, Yves Mühlematter and Helmut Zander (University of Fribourg)
14:40 – 15:40 Léo Bernard (EPHE Paris) Paul Masson-Oursel (1882–1956), Inside and Outside the Academy.
16:10 – 17:10 Marco Frenschkowski (University of Leipzig) On the Interconnectivity between the Emerging Science of Religion, Folklore Studies, Theosophy and the Occult Field in Great Britain (1870–1914)
17:30 Apéro riche
19:00 Collection of short biographies

Thursday, Feb. 15th
10:00 – 11:00 Julian Strube (University of Heidelberg) Tantra as Experimental Science in the Works of John Woodroffe
11:10 – 12:10 Jens Schlieter (University of Berne) In Search of a Common Core of Theosophy, Celtic Myth, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism: Walter Y. Evans-Wentz’ Contribution to
the Comparative Study of Religion
13:30 – 14:30: Daniel Cyranka (University of Halle) Magnetism, Spiritualism, and the Academy – The Case of Nees von Esenbeck, President of the Academy of the
Natural Sciences Leopoldina (1818–1858)
14:40 – 15:40 Marcello De Martino (independent scholar) Mircea Eliade and Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, «the priestess of Eranos»
16:10 – 17:10 Judith Bodendörfer, Yves Mühlematter (University of Fribourg) Presentation of the Theses within the Project “The History of the Science of Religion in Relation to Theosophical Currents”

Friday, Feb. 16th
09:30 – 10:30 Boaz Huss (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) Western Esotericism and the Academic Study of Kabbalah
10:40 – 11:40 Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University) Traditionalism and Academia, from René Guénon to Seyyed Hossein Nasr
11:40 – 13:00 Final Discussion


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