Registration Closed

Conference registration for Swedenborg and the Arts is now closed on Eventbrite. You can still attend the sessions day-by-day for a fee of 25 $ (per day), which can be paid at the front desk in the Brickman Center every morning before 9:00 AM. Day passes do not include lunches, snacks, or the Wednesday banquet. Please contact us at for further information.

Program Schedule Changes

Please be aware that due to some speaker cancellations and/or need to accommodate travel logistics, we have had to make some changes to the conference program. If you are registered to attend only a particular day session, we would recommend checking the current version of the conference program (always available here on the conference website) to make sure that you will be attending on the correct day. It is no problem to transfer your single-day registration ticket to another day; simply contact Kaylene Glenn at Bryn Athyn College: For any other questions regarding the conference, you can reach the organizers at

In Memoriam: Richard Lines (1942–2017)

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Richard Lines (1942–2017). Still taken from Heaven, Hell, and Other Places: A Film About Emanuel Swedenborg (Nick Jordan, Jacob Cartwright, and Stephen McNeilly).

It is with great sadness that we note the death of Richard Lines, the former and long-term Secretary of the Swedenborg Society in London, who unexpectedly passed away on April 18th. The Society is one of our key co-sponsors of the June 2017 conference. For many who work in the microcosm of Swedenborg Studies, visiting the Society’s rich library and archive on Bloomsbury Square in the heart of London was inextricable from encountering Richard’s exuberant presence: someone always willing to share anecdotes and stories from the broad swath of his knowledge about Swedenborg’s reception history, and so quick to generously give insight into the various jewels of the Society’s collection (Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s copies of Swedenborg volumes, the voluminous collection of letters by James John Garth Wilkinson to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Coventry Patmore, and others). Richard was particularly deeply read around the history of Charles Augustus Tulk; one of Richard’s last major publications was an important monograph on the colorful two-hundred year history of the London Swedenborg Society — the oldest organization devoted to the (re)publishing of Swedenborg’s works, and to scholarship about his science, theology, and impact on arts and culture. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Richard Lines (1942–2017)”

Homero Aridjis to speak at Conference


We are delighted to announce the addition of a fourth speaker to our line-up of keynote addresses. Homero Aridjis, widely regarded as one of Mexico’s greatest living poets and writers, will be giving a talk on the final day of the conference (Friday June 9th). Homero has published over 48 books of poetry and prose that have been translated into some twenty different languages, including Memorias del nuevo mundo, which was awarded the Diana-Novedades Prize for an Outstanding novel in Spanish. Seamus Heaney once remarked that to read Homero’s poetry is “to open a door into light,” and Homero’s work has consistently grappled with how to find hope on a planet increasingly destabilized by the violence of war and environmental degradation. Continue reading “Homero Aridjis to speak at Conference”

Conference Registration Opens


Registration for the “Swedenborg and the Arts” conference is now officially open and running. Please go here to visit our Eventbrite site for more information about the different kinds of registration packages available (including accommodation on campus for three nights, four days, that includes most meals). If you are a participating speaker, panelist, or session chair at the conference, we have already taken care of your conference registration for you.


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. Continue reading “Conference Participants Finalized”

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”