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Symposium Call for Papers:
Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Islamic and Jewish Mysticism Around the Time of Chrétien de Troyes
Eagle Hill Foundation, Steuben, Maine, USA
Friday, October 15th, through Sunday, October 17th, 2010
This symposium will have a dual thematic focus on (1) major esoteric and mystical movements of the fascinatingly rich intellectual and religious cultures of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, namely, alchemy, hermeticism, and Islamic and Jewish mysticism; and (2) the works of Chrétien de Troyes, whose Arthurian romances seem to suggest an awareness of some aspects of these movements. Recent scholarship has suggested that there was not only a higher degree of intercultural and interreligious permeability during this time period-especially between Spain and France-than previously suspected, but that important channels of transmission of ideas, treatises, and texts have been overlooked. The symposium is intended to foster an exchange of ideas among participants, whose areas of expertise are generally considered to be distinct from one another. This confluence of otherwise diverse academic perspectives will provide a comparative framework to explore the broad range of cultural resources accessible to writers and intellectual communities during the time of Chrétien de Troyes.
Please contact for further details, including the Call for Abstracts, the published proceedings, and the new scholarly journal, Arcanum.
We welcome your interest in the symposium! Inquiries are welcome!
Dr. Ingrid E. Lotze
Eagle Hill Foundation, PO Box 9, Steuben, Maine, USA