1st Lusophone Congress on Western Esotericism
LISBON | May 7 - 10, 2016

Thematic Symposiums

Art and Western Esotericism – Group A: Visual Arts

Coordination: Teresa Lousa (UL)

Art is, like many other areas of knowledge, a vehicle of expression and communication of an inner expertise, being considered by the Gnosis one of the four pillars of knowledge, along with the Science, Philosophy and Religion. We can find, from Antiquity to contemporaneity, in temples, paintings, sculptures, music and also in literature and poetry many testimonials of how artists have shaped in a metaphorical language, intuitions of a science tendentiously dialectic.
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Art and Western Esotericism – Group B: Poetry, Cinema, Animation, Music and Symbolism

Coordination: Teresa Lousa (UL)

Art is, like many other areas of knowledge, a vehicle of expression and communication of an inner expertise, being considered by the Gnosis one of the four pillars of knowledge, along with the Science, Philosophy and Religion. We can find, from Antiquity to contemporaneity, in temples, paintings, sculptures, music and also in literature and poetry many testimonials of how artists have shaped in a metaphorical language, intuitions of a science tendentiously dialectic.
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Esotericism, Mystic-Esoteric Religions and Science

Coordination: Magnólia Gibson C. da Silva (UFPB), Maria do Socorro Sousa (UFPB) e Kelly E. Hayes (IU-PUI)

During the last fifty years all layers of the urban western society have been influenced by a growth of studies and mystic/religious esoteric practises. These practises and studies go far beyond the individual. The purpose of this symposium is to promote a diverse discussion about how Western Esotericism influences people’s daily lives personally, professionally, culturally, etc.
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Aesthetics, Symbolism and Esotericism

Coordination: Francisco de Assis Vale Cavalcante (UFPB), José Carlos de Abreu Amorim (UFPB) e Suelma de Souza Moraes (UFPB)

The purpose of this symposium is to discuss the aesthetics aspects of the diferent hermetic, cabalist, rosicrucian and other corpora.
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Jungian Studies: Modern Man in search of the Soul

Coordination: Constança Bettencourt (NPEJ)

At the dawn of the 20th Century, young Medical Psychology while building a corpus of clinical praxis, assured its focus on the psyche and it also separated itself from sister fields that was enmeshed with, such as Religion and Philosophy. As the fields of knowledge became more specific…
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Freemasonry and Esotericism

Coordination: António Pires Ventura (UL)

A system of rites based on allegories and symbols that aims to promote the enlightenment of its members and a restricted community: that is the ideal of Freemasonry that influenced several scientific, cultural, political and social movements up to this date.
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“Gnosis”: Christian Gnosticism; Hermetism e Neoplatonism: the Roots of Esotericism in Antiquity

Coordination: Paulo Borges (UL) e Manuela Gomes (ULHT)

According to Faivre, the western esoteric traditions have their roots on different forms of Helenic Philosophy, namely Gnosticism, Hermetism and Neoplatonism that have, on their turn, influences the three abrahamic religions. Gilles Quispel highlights the importance Gnosis, suggesting that western culture is based on three grounds: Reason, Faith and Gnosis. Thus, the aim of this symposium is discuss and deepen the knowledge on the Gnositic currents, specially their concepts on theology, cosmology, anthropology and soteriology.
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Hermetism, Pythagoreanism e Platonism as driving forces of the Renaissance and Modern Science

Coordination: José Manuel Anacleto (UL)

On the 15th century currents such as Hermetism, Pythagoreanism and Platonism reemerged as driving forces of the Renaissance and also (as odd as it may seem) of Modern Science. Figures such as Marsilio Ficino, Picco della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, Kepler, Galileu, Newton, Roger Bacon e Francis Bacon and even the Rosicrucian manifestos highlight this idea.
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On the Roots of Western Esotericism: The Greek Laboratory

Coordination: Paulo Loução (IIH)

The aim of this symposium is to discuss the syncretic value of ancient Greece as a combination of different influences (Egypt, Eastern Cultures, etc.) and also as a starting point of many others currents: Orphic, Eleusinian, Samothracian mysteries, Plato, Pythagoras, etc.
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New Age and Western Esotericism

Coordination: Alexandre Honrado (ULHT)

The aim of this symposium is to discuss and understand what is the New Age movement nowadays, its origin and what it has influenced since its start.
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Roots and Horizons of the Portuguese Gnosticism

Coordination: Renato Epifânio (IFLB), Joaquim Pinto (US) e Rodrigo Sobral Cunha (IADE)

This symposium aims to shed some light on the origins of the Portuguese Gnostic movement and how it was developed by the most influential thinkers of the Portuguese 20th century.
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Rosicrucianism, Christian Theosophy and Arcane Sciences

Coordination: Gabriel Mateus (ULHT), Rui Lomelino de Freitas (ULHT), Francisco de Mendonça Jr. (UNASUR) e Juan Pablo Bubello (UBA / UNASUR)

Christian Theosophy emerges during the Renaissance as a counter-movement against the theological dogmatism and aimed to merge the religious approach with the scientific approach, calling itself the Religion of Thought. Giordano Bruno would describe Hermetism with such expression. It was in that context that Arcane Sciences were developed, namely: Astrology, Alchemy, Medical Sciences, Magic, the studies of Nature, strongly influenced by Paracelsus.
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Ancient and Modern Theosophy

Coordination: Ricardo Lindemann (UnB / UFJF)

The works presented in this symposium will fall in one of the following categories: (i) Ancient Theosophy: With its origins in Pythagoras and Plato, on through Neoplatonism and its correlation with other currents; (ii)Modern…
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Final version
Updated: April 27th, 2016