Enchanted Modernities


23rd September 2013

Tram diversions now in place

There are some diversions in place on the tram lines in Amsterdam so please recheck our directions in the 'Locations' tab.

23rd September 2013

Intoduction to the Friends of Theosophical Archives (FOTO)

On Wednesday, during the evening reception, there will be an introductory talk by Janet Lee (Secretary of the Theosophical Society in England) on the Friends of Theosophical Archives (FOTO), a not for profit organisation being formed by Leslie Price, Erica Georgiades, Marc  Demarest and John Patrick Deveney to promote knowledge and support for Theosophical archives.

23rd September 2013

Abraxas 4 Launch

On Wednesday, during the evening reception, we will have the launch of the new issue of Abraxas, a beautiful journal on art and esotericism published by Fulgur Press. The issue includes an interview with Christine Ödlund, the artist invited for the Thursday night event at the Stedelijk Museum, by conference co-organizer Sarah Turner. Fulgur Press is also one of our partners and will have a book stand at the Singelkerk during the conference. For further information visit the Abraxas 4 website.

18th September 2013


The two main venue locations are a two minute walk across the street from one another so umbrellas and raincoats (especially wind proof ones) are recommended for the conference as we are likely to see rain in Amsterdam at this time of year! 

18th September 2013

Places to eat in Amsterdam

There are plenty of places to eat either for lunch or dinner in Amsterdam, especially near the main conference venues. Go to the 'nine streets' neighbourhood or to the Reguliersdwarsstraat.

Specific Restaurant tips:

Top end, center

Bord'Eau, Hotel L'Europe (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-8), Beulings (Beulingstraat  9) or 
Vermeer (NH Hotel) (Prins Hendrikkade 59-72) 

 Top end, outside center

 Ciel Bleu (Okura Hotel) (Ferdinand Bolstraat 333)  

 Mid-range, center

Ricardo’s in Odeon (Singel 460), Tales and Spirits (Lijnbaanssteeg 5-7), Utrechtse Dwarstafel (Utrechtsedwarsstraat 107 / 109) or Japanese - Genroku (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 115)

 Mid-range, outside the center

Japanese - Ikura Sushi Bar (Albert Cuypstraat 65)Moroccan - Paloma Blanca (Jan Pieter Heijestraat 145) or Italian - Il Boom (Emmastraat 29)

 Student restaurants, center

Café de Schutter (Voetboogstraat 13/15, near the Singelkerk), Restaurant 3 Carels (Voetboogstraat 6/8)Rimini (Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 75) or Café Loetje (good steak!) (Johannes Vermeerstraat 52, near the Museum District), for Belgian fries to go: Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx (Voetboogstraat 33) or Manneken Pis (Damrak 41) or for a nice place to eat good sandwiches etc.: Singel 404 (at Singel 404).     

17th Septmber 2013

Another important event in our programme will take place at the Stedelijk Museum on the evening of Thursday 26 September. Famous scholar Linda Dalrymple Henderson will deliver her keynote lecture, entitled "Rethinking Theosophy in its Early 20th-Century Cultural Context". This will be followed by a round table discussion with two contemporary artists, Christine Ödlun and Frederik Söderberg, who have been using themes related to Theosophy and modern esotericism in their work. So we are not just doing history! 

Registered conference attendees can gain free entrance to this event by showing their conference badge. 

Non-conference attendees are welcome but they must register in advance and purchase a ticket by sending an email to reservations@stedelijk.nl

For full details of this event visit the Stedelijk events page.

16th September 2013

On the last day of the conference (Friday 27 Sept), there will be an extraordinary concert with Lucianno Chessa (also a speaker) at the Italian Institute of Culture in Amsterdam. The concert will start at 20.00 and will be followed by a discussion of Chessa's book on Luigi Russolo. Participants in the conference will need to register separately for the event by writing an email to: iicamsterdam@esteri.it

Please be quick, as places are limited. Entrance is free of charge. 

For full details of the event visit the Italian Institute for Culture.

17th May, 2013.

EARLY BOOKING OF ACCOMMODATION IS ADVISED as September is conference season in the city of Amsterdam (N.B.: Speakers whose papers were accepted through our 'Call for Papers' and all auditing attendees must arrange their own accommodation; only Keynotes and Invited speakers will be funded).

The Enchanted Modernities Team recommend that you book a centrally located hotel or one in the Theatre District. 

There may be a hotel suitable for your needs in the following list, which provides ideas for a range of budgets:

Amsterdam Marriott *****
Eden Theatre District *****
Hampshire Hotel ****
Hostel Van Gogh (Youth Hostel)
NH Amsterdam Centre ****
NH Museum Quarter ****
Omega Hotel ***
Quentin Hotel ***
Rho Hotel *** 
The Poet **
Tulip Inn Amsterdam *** 

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

Kind Regards,

The Enchanted Modernities Team

15th May, 2013.

The deadline for submitting proposals expired at the beginning of March and we received more than 70 proposals, some of outstanding quality. We were pleased to be able to accept more than half of the proposals and are delighted that almost all of the accepted speakers have confirmed that they are able to attend the conference. We are currently working on the conference itinerary and hope to add details to the website around the end of May.