Posts Tagged ‘academia’

Call for Esoteric Poems

March 16, 2010 2 comments

So in the Academic world, they have all these conferences about very specific things. And you wouldn’t think they’d have a conference about certain things, but they do. Occasionally I get word of one, and if I think it’s something you might be interested in, I’ll post it here.

If you would like to go to an academic conference, you must submit whatever the Call is asking for, usually an abstract with a certain word length on a range of topics. If you submit it to them like they ask for, you might get in! Remember to only submit abstracts or submissions to conferences you will actually be able to attend–they don’t pay for your transportation or anything.

That said, consider this conference:



YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND short poems of up to eight lines (not including the title) on an esoteric subject. These may refer in a general sense to `inner’ knowledge, this may be esoteric in the sense of inner knowledge as in:





but may also be understood in relation to the experience of seeking an understanding of an unending number of life’s challenges or disciplines: justice, plumbing, child rearing and the perfect omelette spring to mind.

Poems may for example reveal hitherto unknown secrets, conceal them, or relate to the subject matter in another way. All poems will be judged solely on literary merit

Competition sponsored by

The Cambridge Centre for the study of Western Esotericism



In conjunction with Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, UK


and Waterloo Press

1st £300
2nd £150
3rd £75


ENTRY PAGE for details of terms and conditions and how to enter.

Prize winners will be announced at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, UK
Thursday 18th November 2010 and on this website later that evening and by email the following day. Winners unable to attend the heffers prize-giving evening at heffers will be sent their prizes via paypal in GBP.


see JUDGES PAGE for details of the judges
Daniel Healy
Helen Ivory
Jon Woodson

contact: Sophia Wellbeloved:

Dr Sophia Wellbeloved
Director, Lighthouse Editions

Director, The Cambridge Centre for the study of Western Esotericism

CCWE is independent of any academic or esoteric communities, the co-ordinators share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of Western Esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. . From 2009 CCWE has operated within Lighthouse editions Limited, a small publishing company Directors: Dr Sophia Wellbeloved, Jeremy Cranswick – see

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Religion and Blogging

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

My colleague at Wild Hunt is included in this new book. I thought that, as connoisseurs of religious blogs that ya’all might be interested.

The Social Science Research Council has released a study titled “The New Landscape of the Religion Blogosphere.”  You can read it online!

I think she's bowing to her computer screen. But I guess the image interpretation is subjective.

“Blogs have given occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life. They represent a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities. While the promise is vast, the actuality is only what those taking part happen to make of it.

This report surveys nearly 100 of the most influential blogs that contribute to an online  discussion about religion in the public sphere and the academy. It places this religion blogosphere in the context of the blogosphere as a whole, maps out its contours, and presents the voices of some of the bloggers themselves. For those new to the world of blogs, there is an overview of what blogging is and represents (section 1). The already-initiated can proceed directly to the in-depth analyses of academic blogging (section 2), where religion blogs stand now, and where they may go in the future (sections 3 and 4).

The purpose at hand is to foster a more self-reflective, collaborative, and mutually-aware religion blogosphere. Ideally, this report will spark discussion among religion bloggers that will take their work further, while also inviting new voices from outside existing networks to join in and take  part.