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Thinking with Mysticism: A day symposium

Posted on 10 January 2019

Call for Papers

Friday 31stMay 2019

CREMS, University of York

This day-symposium will explore how the mystical, the prophetic, enthusiastic or the apophatic were deployed, to political, scientific or artistic purposes. It willlook at what thinkers did with mysticism (broadly defined), the strategies of thought or the practices they developed, and the ways in which they then used these strategies to animate, to energise, to trouble their world.

We seek papers that engage with how mysticism mattered beyond the self, and the religiosity of the individual - in politics, in community, in relation to medicine or science, the natural world, and the scholarly world. We encourage papers from a wide temporal as well as religious spread. 

Our keynote speaker, Dr Sarah Apetrei (Keble College, Oxford), is the author of Women, Feminism and Religion in Early Enlightenment England(Cambridge, 2010) and co-editor of An Introduction to Jacob Boehme: Four Centuries of Thought and Reception (Routledge, 2014)

Also speaking is Dr Shazia Jagot, on medieval Sufi mysticism and science.

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) or expressions of interest to Kevin Killeen (, by 31stJanuary 2019 

This symposium is part of the lax and diffuse Thomas Browne Seminar series