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eSharp journal: call for papers on REALITY/ILLUSION


Victorian Spiritualists

eSharp, an established peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality research by postgraduate students invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 19, Reality/Illusion, we invite articles which consider the differences between fact and fiction, truth and perception, or simulation and the real world from the realms of the social sciences, education, and the arts and humanities. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research.

Ideas of Reality and Illusion are at the forefront of so much of our society and culture, even when we don’t really think about them. From increasingly immersive computer simulations to the rise of dramatized Reality TV Shows, the line between what is real and what only appears to be so has become progressively blurred in recent years. In light of this, it is essential for academia to seek to understand the use and abuse of something so fundamental as the perception and understanding of the world. Whether this analysis occurs within a single field or engages in an interdisciplinary study, there is plenty of opportunity to initiate wide-reaching lines of research.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

Representation and ideology

Mystic Visions in Hagiography

Perceptions of reality

Magic Realism

Measuring reality/measuring illusion

Illusory texts and/or contexts

The Reality of the “Occupy” worldview

Truthfulness and actuality

The Anthropology of Magic and Illusion

Visual aspects of reality and/or illusion

The use of Alternate Reality Games in viral marketing

Submissions to eSharp must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. These should be made in Word document or RTF format. Please ensure that you accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available here.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to

The deadline for submission of articles is Friday 29 June 2012

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eSharp is an international online journal for postgraduate research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education. Based at the University of Glasgow and run entirely by graduate students, it aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing for emerging academics, including postgraduates and recent postdoctoral students.

One of our aims is to encourage the publication of high quality postgraduate research; therefore all submitted articles are anonymously double-blind peer reviewed as part of the acceptance and feedback process. This rigorous and constructive process is designed to enhance the worth of postgraduate and postdoctoral work. eSharp also engages in training postgraduate students in the various tasks that running an academic journal requires. Enhancing both employability and the graduate experience is a key aspect of its aims and objectives.


Rudolph Steiner: Anthroposophy

William Butler Yeats: Golden Dawn Lodges

Jeanne de Salzmann: G. I. Gurdjieff – Fourth Way

The Widening Gyre: Western Esotericism in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Susan Johnston Graf and Amy Hale, eds. are seeking articles of 4,000 to 7,000 words for a volume that will explore developments within Western occultism and esotericism during the mid-twentieth century. The volume, when completed, will be under consideration for inclusion in the State University of New York Press (SUNY) series on Western Esotericism.

Interested authors should send a copy of their current curriculum vitae and a 300-500-word scholarly abstract summarizing the proposed contribution to both:

Amy Hale ( and

Susan Johnston Graf (sjg9

by October 1, 2011


Rationale and Topics

Historical analysis of Western esoteric movements over the past two

centuries has put great emphasis on cycles of popularity and the

public evolution of esoteric ideas. Two areas of scholarly focus have

been the occult revival of the fin de siècle through the 1920s and the

expansion of Neopaganism as a religious movement in conjunction with

other liberating social movements of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Comparatively, the time period between the end of World War I and

1965, which was one of consolidation and generation in the development

of Western esoteric societies and movements, has been given less

attention. Histories of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the

Theosophical Society, and other late nineteenth- and early

twentieth-century occult movements abound, but, aside from some

notable exceptions, in general there has been less concentration on

mid-century Western esoteric movements.

In this volume, we propose to concentrate tightly on the development

of esoteric groups and societies in the 45-year period between 1920

and 1965. This period saw the early unfolding and extension of Wicca,

important changes in Hermetic groups such as the Golden Dawn and the

O.T.O., and a significant change in the trajectory of Druidry in a way

that affected the entire subsequent direction of the Pagan movement.

Additionally, in the United States we see the earliest occult films of

Kenneth Anger and the first stirrings of the Church of Satan under

Anton LaVey. Likewise, in Germany we find the postwar development of

the Fraternitas Saturni. Our argument is that we should re-evaluate

this era, not only to redress the lack of scholarly attention it has

received, but also because it sets the tone and direction for Western

esotericism for the remainder of the twentieth century and into the


We seek articles which explore Western esoteric societies, movements,

and ideas, and the individuals, expressions, and places involved in

their continued flowering or declining, as the case may be, between

1920 and 1965.  

Potential topics for exploration may include (but are not limited to) the following:

The development of Golden Dawn lodges after 1920

The development or decline of continental magical orders

Post colonial magical groups in Central America, South America and the Caribbean

The fractioning of neo-Druidic orders

The interplay between the esoteric and Science Fiction

Society for Inner Light and mid-century Glastonbury

Mid-century American magical groups

The work of Kenneth Anger

Early or competing (non Gardnerian) varieties of Witchcraft.

Mid-century Freemasonry


The legacy of Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy

G. I. Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way

37ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires – Argentina 2011


37.ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires

37ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires – Argentina 2011

Hora: abril 20, 2011 a mayo 20, 2011

Ubicación: Predio de la Sociedad Rural

Organizado por: Publicaciones Argentinas, Fundación El Libro y otros

Descripción del evento:

37ª Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, Argentina, abril – mayo de 2011. Pabellón Amarillo, stand 2502 de Publicaciones Argentinas, Director Fernando Fontenla. Allí serán expuestos mis siguientes textos:Hemorragia Interna.Volumen de poemas presentado en XVIII Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires en 1992, con el auspicio de la Subsecretaría de Cultura de la provincia de Buenos Aires. Diploma de reconocimiento por el aporte al Crecimiento Cultural Nacional en 1997, otorgado por el Círculo Literario Bartolomé Mitre de Azul, Buenos Aires. También fue presentado en las Ferias Internacionales del Libro de Puerto Rico, Panamá, Centroamérica y Costa Rica. ISBN: 950-735-057-8 Retrato de Adán y Eva. Primera edición, Faro Editorial, 1999. Los cuentos La tentación, Retrato de Adán y Eva y Los crucifijos de piel obtuvieron Medalla al Mérito Literario de la Editorial De Los Cuatro Vientos, siendo publicados en la antología Territorio Sur 2008 de escritores de Buenos Aires. También fue presentado en las Ferias Internacionales del Libro de Puerto Rico, Panamá y Buenos Aires.ISBN: 950-813-108-X V Antología Audiolibro Emociones 2010, selección de cuentos y poemas premiados, realizada a través de la convocatoria al V Certámen Internacional de Poesía y Narrativa en Audiolibro, evento organizado y editado en CD por el Instituto Cultural Latinoamericano. Tercer Premio de Cuento. El volumen fue presentado en las Ferias Internacionales del Libro de Puerto Rico y Buenos Aires.

Ver más detalles y RSVP en Respetable Logia Prometeo N° 1:


March 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm



Ilan Amit

A (Not Quite) Spiritual Biography

The voyage of a spiritual seeker: Ilan Amit tells about his youth in the 1950s and life in Israel, attempting to realize ideals. Meeting Dr Erich Neumann and Moshe Feldenkreis who gave him Ouspensky¹s In Search of the Miraculous. Then into Gurdjieff Groups, meeting Dr. Conge and Mme de Salzmann and others.
Ilan Amit writes:

” It has often been said that inner growth can come about only in the wake of voluntary suffering. I became blind in middle age. In my experience it is not the suffering in itself that fosters transformation, but the collapse of our carefully constructed shields that comes with it, opening us up for the infinite. My suffering would remain. What of it? Something in me is present to the immensity we are in, with all its absurdity and wonder..”


The _Attention_Paradox

Bob Hunter

The Attention Paradox explores the nature of different degrees of attention, and its relationship to awareness, consciousness and self-development.
How can this phenomenon be defined? Is it an energy, a function, a power, a relationship?
The author draws on the thoughts and experiencesof many thinkers and writers, including G.I.Gurdjieff, founder of the system known as The Work, and students of his teachings who have continued to develop and interpret his ideas.

Eureka Editions began by republishing the Nicoll books THE NEW MAN, THE MARK and LIVING TIME and works by Beryl Pogson. Maurice Nicoll, and bob Hunter. Bob had been a student of Beryl Pogson in the 1960s Pogson was a student of Nicoll’s. Eureka are not connected formally to any Gurdjieff Foundation or Group but their publications focus on texts by Maurice Nicoll and Beryl Pogson both known as Gurdjieff influenced teachers of the Work or Fourth Way.

more info at


The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see



June 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm



An Introduction to Western Esotericism: Essays in the Hidden Meaning of Literature, Groups, and Games
Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q.

This work functions as an introductory text for those new to the discipline, but also presents more advanced-level studies of literary works that will appeal to a more specific critical audience. The interdisciplinary diversity of the work enhances the presentation of certain hitherto unexplored academic vistas of Western Esotericism. This book contains thirty black and white photographs.


“. . . a book that is exemplary in both in its command of scholarly detail and its delineation of new possibilities.” – Prof. David Grandy, Brigham Young University

“Carefully researched and helpfully illustrated, [the] book [also] elucidates the long history of the Tarot, which stretches back to the 15th century, and its permeation of familiar (and sometimes not so familiar) cultural texts.” – Prof. Joe Lenz, Drake University

Table of Contents

1. “A Vague Feeling of Fascination”: Western Esotericism and introductory-level scholarship
2. The Legacy of Jean-Paul Corsetti: Western Esotericism and the Eurydice of lost scholarship
3. Antoine Faivre to the Dark Tower Came: Robert Browning’s Childe Roland as examined by means of a Western Esotericist paradigm
4. Versluis and Faivre Play Cupid: Creatively esoteric aspects of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
5. The Epsilon-Sigma Caduceus: The Mantegna tarocchi as a book of ritual for Kappa Sigma
6. The Sola-Busca Sundial: A Renaissance tarot deck as a mutus liber of ritualistic initiation

ISBN10: 0-7734-5019-X ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5019-6 Pages: 192 Year: 2008

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas: Literature – General, Religion & Society,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $99.95 UK List Price: £ 64.95



The Amazon

Eds. Sylvie Shaw and Andrew Francis, Equinox, London.

From oceans to rivers, water sources to water resources, this edited volume traverses the academic realms of nature religion, anthropology, mythology, resource management, psychology, sociology and indigenous studies highlighting religious and eco-social discourses around water, aquatic ecosystems and conservation. It explores dimensions of the human relationship with river, sea and pool to further develop understandings of the interrelationships between spiritual practice, academic nature religion discourse and environmental concern.

Contributors to the book are among the leading writers and thinkers in the field: Bron Taylor, Michael York, Douglas Ezzy, Susan Power Bratton, Vivianne Crowley, Veronica Strang, John Bradley, Katerina Teaiwa, Melissa K. Nelson, Dieter Gerten, David Groenfeldt, Penny Bernard and Meg Ferris. Introduction by Graham Harvey.

For additional information about DEEP BLUE, go to the Equinox website:

Sylvie Shaw is a lecturer in religion and spiritualities at the University of Queensland Australia. Andrew Francis is Associate Professor of Psychology at RMIT University Australia.


The River Severn, UK




See below Laurence Wuidar’s two new publications

d’Histoire de l’Art
BHA 10

Musique et astrologie après le concile de Trente

190 x 255 mm, 2008, Paperback
ISBN 978-90-74461-70-2, EUR 42.00


French Text:
La musique terrestre est le reflet de l’harmonie des sphères célestes mais l’homme n’a pas seulement contemplé les étoiles pour leur parfaite structure, il les a aussi interrogées pour comprendre leur influence sur le monde sublunaire. Dans ce questionnement astral, la musique sert de lien entre l’homme et les planètes.
Unissant l’histoire de l’astrologie et la musicologie, l’auteur propose un parcours théorique et pratique à travers la constellation des rapports entre l’astrologie et la musique dans l’Europe marquée par l’esprit post-tridentin en se centrant sur l’Italie du XVIIème siècle. L’interpénétration des connaissances magiques, musicales, mathématiques, astronomiques et astrologiques dit une époque qui cherche à harmoniser les lois cosmiques et éternelles avec la fugacité terrestre. La réception de l’astrologie dans les milieux de musiciens, des partitions musicales astrologiques aux écrits divinatoires de théoriciens musicaux, ouvre sur des perspectives esthétiques, sociologiques et philosophiques de la société des compositeurs de la Renaissance et du XVIIème siècle.

Docteur en musicologie (ULB), Laurence Wuidar est actuellement Chargé de recherche au Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique après avoir exercé des mandats de recherches au Warburg Institute, au Collegio dei Fiamminghi (Université de Bologne), à la Fondation Wiener-Anspach (Université de Cambridge) et à l’Institut Historique Belge à Rome.

Main Subject:
• 783 – Fine Arts & Performing Arts / Musicology / Baroque (c. 1600-1750)

Other Subject:
• 783 – Fine Arts & Performing Arts / Musicology / Baroque (c. 1600-1750)
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Wuidar, Laurence sous presse

Canons énigmes et hiéroglyphes musicaux dans l’Italie du 17e siècle

Collection: Etudes de Musicologie / Musicological Studies Vol. 1

Année de publication: 2008

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 265 p., 82 ill.
ISBN 978-90-5201-457-9 br.

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Texte de présentation

Comment saisir les reflets sonores de la philosophie hermétique de la Renaissance et les traductions musicales du mode de pensée hiéroglyphique et emblématique ? Au 17e siècle, coeur des changements épistémologiques, des révolutions scientifiques aux évolutions stylistiques et esthétiques, le canon énigme, alliant aux partitions énigmatiques tantôt des poésies cryptées, tantôt des images religieuses ou labyrinthiques, est à la fois le réceptacle d’idées, d’idéologies et de symboles, et le lieu musical où les compositeurs se font théologiens, herméneutes et exégètes. La science musicale du contrepoint et la fascination des combinatoires infinies se conjuguent en des formes d’art total où dialoguent texte, musique et image. Le corpus rassemblé éclaire la face obscure de la musique baroque à un moment précis de l’histoire où la société des compositeurs et des théoriciens musicaux élabore des codes signifiants dans lesquels se cachent les symboles, les sens et l’essence d’une philosophie musicale sacrée.


Contenu : Les canons du monde : Emblème de l’univers – Devises cryptées – Déclarations des signes et insignes d’autorité – Les canons et sceaux sacrés : Invocations canoniques aux médiateurs célestes – L’Énigme au coeur de San Pietro – Hermétisme et herméneutique musicale : Les prières énigmatiques de Pier Francesco Valentini – Romano Micheli : ésotérisme musical et exégèse – Les Geroglifici musicali de Lodovico Zacconi.

Auteur(s) – Responsable(s) de publication

L’auteur : Laurence Wuidar, docteur en Philosophie & Lettres – musicologie de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles et chargé de recherche au Fonds national de la recherche scientifique (FNRS), a exercé des mandats de recherche au FNRS, au Warburg Institute (University of London, Frances A. Yates Fellowship, 2006-2007), au Collegio dei Fiamminghi (Università di Bologna, 2004-2005), à la Fondation Wiener-Anspach (University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College, 2004) et à l’Institut historique belge de Rome (Rome, Academia Belgica, 2003-2004, 2007-2008).


The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the directors share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive.. From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see



December 10, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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