Thinking with Mysticism

Friday 31 May 2019, 6.00PM

This day-symposium will explore how the mystical, the prophetic, enthusiastic or the apophatic were deployed, to political, scientific or artistic purposes. It will look 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. The symposium will look at 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, and we will approach the topic 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.

Organiser Kevin Killeen.

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


Location: Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Heslington West Campus