Conference Participants Finalized

We have been busy over the winter holidays with refining the conference program and preparing for our landmark event in June. It is all coming together very nicely, and we look forward to announcing the final program in the near future, with specific instructions on how to register. There will be an option for accommodation (with partial board) made available to conference attendees (and not just participants) on the campus at Bryn Athyn College.

One of our special guests for the conference will be the renowned contemporary Swedish composer and classical musician Tommie Haglund, whose oeuvre has often cited or referenced Swedenborg’s work. In the meantime, we leave you with one of Haglund’s beautifully complex trios composed for strings:


More Speakers Confirmed

Over the summer months we have been quite busy working on planning the June 2017 conference.  In addition to our featured keynote addresses by Wouter Hanegraaff, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, and Massimo Introvigne, we are happy to confirm a further distinguished roster of international scholars who will contribute to the conference. These include talks from Adrienne Baxter Bell (Marymount College), Robert Rix (Aalborg University, Denmark), William Rowlandson  (University of Kent, U.K.), Cordula Grewe (University of Pennsylvania), Anders Hallengren (Stockholm), Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Kristen Schaffer (North Carolina State University). Their papers will cover everything from Swedenborg’s place within eighteenth century theories of aesthetics, to considerations of particular individuals such as Jorge Luis Borges, Daniel Burnham, William Blake, and George Inness.  More scholars are being added to our list of participants, and we encourage prospective speakers to submit their paper abstracts in advance of the September 30th deadline.


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George Inness, Moonrise (1887)

Call for Papers


The call-for-papers for the June 2017 conference has been released, and we will now be receiving proposals for presentations next year. The CFP follows below; the above poster can also be downloaded as a PDF here.


This international conference explores the substantial influence on artistic culture and aesthetics made by the scientist, mystic, and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). In what will be the first gathering of its kind, we are inviting scholars who work in religious studies, literature and literary theory, art history and visual culture, the history of ideas, and other cognates in the humanities for paper proposals that would situate Swedenborg’s place in the history of the arts, broadly-defined. Continue reading “Call for Papers”

Keynote Speakers Confirmed

We are happy to announce that Wouter Hanegraaff, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, and Massigmo Introvigne will be providing the three keynotes for our upcoming conference in 2017. As leading scholars who have consistently worked at the intersection of esotericism, the arts, and various contexts touching on Swedenborg, we are delighted and grateful to have their respective expertise contribute to “Swedenborg and the Arts.” Titles and details about each of their talks will be forthcoming. Continue reading “Keynote Speakers Confirmed”


We are pleased to announce a major international conference on the Scandinavian scientist, mystic, and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and his substantial impact on the visual, musical, theatrical, and literary arts. Taking place between June 6-9, 2017 on the campus of Bryn Athyn College (Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, USA), the three-and-a-half day conference represents an unprecedented collaboration between academic institutions, research centers, and publishing houses related to the academic study of Swedenborg. The conference will be the first of its kind that is specifically devoted to situating Swedenborg’s place in the history of art, literature, and related disciplines. Continue reading “Announcement”