CFP: International Conference "Philosophy and mysticism in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought"

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Call for Papers - International Conference  " Philosophy and mysticism in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought "  

The Department of Jewish Culture at St. Petersburg State University and the International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) will host an international online conference “Philosophy and mysticism in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought ”. Conferences on Jewish philosophy at St. Petersburg State University have already become a good tradition. This year, we propose to discus the relationship of philosophy and mysticism in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought as the main theme. The relevance of this topic is due to several circumstances:

· The tendency of modern researchers to divide between the study of philosophy and mysticism often does not correspond to the real state of affairs in the history of thought. Throughout history, philosophy has often included mystical elements, and mystical teachings have been formulated in the language of contemporary philosophical doctrines. This is especially true for medieval concepts that existed in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures. Thus, the study of the relationship between mysticism and philosophy is an important research task.

· The relationship between mysticism and philosophy was not constant and changeless interaction in different cultures and civilizations. Comparison of the features of this relationship in different religious and cultural areas makes it possible to better understand not only the nature of these cultures, but the nature of the very relationship between mysticism and philosophy.

· Comparison of mysticism and philosophy in different cultures and traditions is relevant for the development of modern civilization. Today there is a closer interaction between the intellectual worlds and a more intense exchange of ideas than at any other time in the past. The exchange of ideas and intercivilizational contacts is further enhanced by the powerful development of the digital technologies. This makes comparative studies of the history of thought even more relevant.

This conference is dedicated to memory of the outstanding researcher of Jewish and world thought, Michael Schneider. Prof. M. Schneider (1957-2020) devoted his activities to the study of Jewish mysticism, comparing it with the intellectual tendencies of different cultures. In addition to research on Hebrew texts, his works included challenging interpretations of philosophical and mystical texts in in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Farsi and other oriental languages.

The conference sessions will be chronologically and thematically organized and held online (in the ZOOM) on Sundays with the opening session in October 17 (Monday) up to November 28. Time for reports 20 min, discussion 10 min. Working languages of the conference: Russian, English, Hebrew.

The papers of the conference will be published in the scientific journal "Judaica Petropolitana". “Judaica Petropolitana” is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of the main issues of Jewish culture, philosophy, history and religion. Deadline for applications for participation in the conference: October 8, 2021 WWW-page of the Department of Jewish Culture, St. Petersburg State University: http://philosophy.spbu.ru/2/7176 Judaica Petropolitana journal WWW-site: http://judaica-petropolitana.philosophy.spbu.ru/

Organizing Committee of the Conference: Prof. Igor Tantlevskiy, Chair of the Department of Jewish Culture of St. Petersburg State University; I. Dvorkin, International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (Hebrew University in Jerusalem), U. Gershovich, PhD, Department of Jewish Culture of St. Petersburg State University, I. S. Kaufman, Ph.D.

The conference will be held ONLINE on Sundays, October 17 and 31, November 21 and 28, 2021 To participate in the conference, you need to fill out an electronic form https://forms.gle/TULe2rf9FJPZvHjS6

For all questions you can contact: Ilya Dvorkin [idvorkin@mail.ru], Igor Kaufman [kaufman.igor.s@gmail.com], , School coordinator Anna Avlasovich [avlasovich.anna@gmail.com].