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.
Wouter Hanegraaff is full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. His pioneering work has been essential for the establishment of the academic study of western esotericism. His more recent publications have turned to artists involved in esoteric currents, including the Swedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint. In addition to studies on the place of esotericism within modernity and the academy, he is the author of Swedenborg, Oetinger, Kant: Three Perspectives on the Secrets of Heaven (2007), a book that expands on his scholarly introduction to the critical edition of Swedenborg’s Arcana Caelestia.
Linda Dalrymple Henderson is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. An internationally recognised scholar on the place of mystical and occult philosophies in the visual cultures of Modernism, she has published widely on Marcel Duchamp, the Italian Futurists, Cubism, and on the interface between science, religion, and the aesthetic. Her groundbreaking The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art was recently re-issued in a special expanded edition by MIT Press (2013), and she is presently working on a longer project on the “vibratory cultures of modernism”: how spiritual concepts of the ether, and the scientific discovery of x-rays and electrodes, impacted early 20th century representations of materiality and matter.
Massigmo Introvigne is a sociologist, legal expert, and leading public-intellectual in Italy on issues of religion, spirituality, and religious freedom. The author of more than sixty books, and editor of the multi-volume Enciclopedia delle religioni in Italia, he is also founder and director of the Center for the Study of New Religions in Turin (Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni), or CESNUR, an international network of scholars devoted to the study of new religious movements (including Swedenborgianism). His more recent scholarship and public presentations have turned to modern art’s entanglement with different esoteric movements, in particular Theosophy. CESNUR is one of the co-organizing sponsors of the “Swedenborg and the Arts” Conference.