Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology, with its vision for a new Christianity, has profoundly shaped the thought
of countless individuals, from William Blake to Helen Keller. We invite you to explore
the impact of Swedenborg’s thought and to share your own journey of discovery.
Call for Papers
Conference Topic: Thought from the Understanding: Swedenborg’s Library and the Shape of a Mind Location: Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (optional remote attendance) Dates: October 26-27, 2024
This two-day interdisciplinary conference invites scholars to explore Emanuel Swedenborg’s
personal library for points of connection between the works he held in his library
and the ideas presented in his own philosophical and theological works. Long before
he embarked on the spiritual journey which led to the revolutionary works of theology
he published, Swedenborg was a voracious learner, and his many fields of interest
are reflected in his wide-ranging library, which included works of philosophy, anatomy,
history, physics, chemistry, metallurgy, engineering, and classical learning, as well
as, of course, Biblical and religious thought.
The Institute for Swedenborg Studies is seeking papers that investigate the ways in
which a text or set of texts in Swedenborg’s library may have influenced his understanding
or helped to shape the thought set forth in his theological and philosophical works.
In some cases, Swedenborg may have built on ideas he encountered in other works; in
other cases, he may have reacted against concepts in those texts.
Proposals of 150-350 words should be submitted to the Institute, InstituteforSwedenborgStudies@decmoon.com. Please include identifying information (name, email address, and institutional affiliation,
if any). Papers should last 15-20 minutes, and will be followed by a 10 minute period
for questions and discussion. Participants may attend the conference in person or
Submission deadline: January 8, 2024
The mission of the Institute for Swedenborg Studies is to engage a wide variety of
audiences with the study of Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborgian theology, and the impact
of both; and to encourage such study in forms that can effectively be promoted and
facilitated within and via Bryn Athyn College.
Who can join? Institute membership is open to anyone interested in the study of Emanuel Swedenborg,
Swedenborgian theology, and the impact of both.
Benefits of membership: The Institute’s membership program exists to facilitate a community of those interested
in delving into Swedenborg and Swedenborgian scholarship. Member benefits include:
Access to the Institute member email communication forum
Periodic newsletter on activities of the Institute and its members
Invitation to seminars and other Institute events
Easy access to resources for Swedenborg studies
Our dream is to provide funding to support members’ Swedenborg scholarship… stay tuned!
After filling out the membership form, you will receive a receipt message which includes
instructions for joining the Institute member communication forum.