Call for Papers “The Aesthetics of Esoteric Practices: Materialities, Performances, Senses”

Call for papers for the conference

“The Aesthetics of Esoteric Practices: Materialities, Performances, Senses”

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 12-14 November 2024


This conference focuses on the aesthetics of esoteric practices through materialitiesperformances, and the senses. It aims to explore the extent to which esoteric practices are socially and culturally constructed and effective because they are practiced, performed, sensorily perceived and embodied by participants as practitioners as well as spectators.

We invite contributions that address aesthetics of esoteric practices through materialities, performances and senses, from a theoretical, empirical research-based and/or practical perspective — we also encourage performative contributions that are dedicated to mediating the aesthetics of esoteric practices by making them observable and tangible. The conference will serve as a forum for exchange on whether and how aesthetics play a key role in the success and omnipresence of esoteric practices in contemporary (oc)culture.



Download the Call here.


Deadline: 1st May 2024


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Centro Studi di Civiltà e Spiritualità Comparate