Video Recordings of the presentations given at the Swedenborg and the Arts International Conference accompanied by copies of the speaker’s presentation slides for viewers to download and follow along (see below).

The conference was held in Bryn Athyn College’s Brickman Center. Photo by Serena Sutton, courtesy of Bryn Athyn College.

The academic conference, held June 6-9, 2017, featured more than thirty papers on topics ranging from literature, painting, and architecture to modern art and film.  Scholars from all over the world explored not only the question of influence, but new ways in which we can envision Swedenborg’s impact on the world of the arts.

The Swedenborg Foundation was proud to co-sponsor this thought-provoking event. The organizers would also like to extend their thanks to the event’s other sponsors: host institution Bryn Athyn College, Glencairn Museum, the Swedenborg Scientific Association, and the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.


Swedenborg and the Arts Conference

June 6 – 9, 2017

The following is a list of the speakers and their talks in the order they occurred at the Swedenborg and the Arts Conference in June 2017, including the YouTube video and any available Power Point presentation associated with the talk.   If at all possible, we suggest opening the YouTube video in one window and the presentation in another window and follow along with the speaker watching both the video and the presentation.

 

Keynote 1

Wouter Hanegraaff, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, Imagining Swedenborg’s Heaven (video link, presentation link [45 MB], reduced size presentation link [16.5 MB])

SESSION 1

Spiritualist Poetics

Chair: Kristin King, Ph.D., Bryn Athyn College

Marco Pasi, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, Painting the Spirit World: Victorian Spirit Art in the Light of Swedenborg’s Doctrines (video link, presentation link [4 MB])

Everett Messamore, M.A., Heidelberg University, “Poets Are No Dreamers!”: Swedenborgian Correspondence, Progression, and the Arts in the Writings of Andrew Jackson Davis (video link, presentation link [4 MB])

Robert Rix, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, Improvisations of Spirit: James John Garth Wilkinson and Automatic Writing (video link, presentation link [3 MB])

SESSION 2

Swedenborg in World Literatures

Chair: Marcy Latta, Ph.D., Bryn Athyn College

Ilya Kutik, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Swedenborg and Russian Symbolist Poetry (video link)

Austin Salzwedel, M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Sino-Japanese Hieroglyphics in America: Swedenborgian Legacies in Okakura Kakuzō (video link)

Ilya Vinitsky, Ph.D., Princeton University, Correspondences and Communications: Swedenborg in the Age of Realism in Russia (video link, presentation link [1 MB])

William Rowlandson, Ph.D., University of Kent, The Heavens and Hells of Jorge Luis Borges (video link)

Addendum:

Eric Galvin, Independent Scholar, Influence of Swedenborg on Joseph Clark (video link, presentation link [23 MB], reduced size presentation link [1 MB])

 

Introduction of Linda Dalrymple Henderson

Keynote 2

Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, Swedenborg and the Arts in Later 19th / Early 20th Century Contexts (video link, presentation link [28 MB], reduced size presentation link [4 MB])

SESSION 3

American Landscape Painting

Chair: William L. Coleman, Ph.D., Winterthur/ Library Company of Philadelphia

James Lawrence, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Painter, Pastor: Spiritual Arc in William Keith (video link, presentation link [16 MB])

Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D., Marymount Manhattan College, The Fact of the Indefinable: George Inness in the 1860s (video link, presentation link [7 MB])

SESSION 4

Visionary Architecture and Sound

Chair: Holly Mitchem, M.A., Graduate Theological Union

Kristen Schaffer, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Plan of Chicago and the Universal Human: Daniel Burnham’s Swedenborgianism in Practice (video link, presentation link [33 MB], reduced size presentation link [3 MB])

Paul Ivey, Ph.D., University of Arizona, From New Church Architecture to City Beautiful (video link, presentation link [39 MB], reduced size presentation link [6 MB])

Stephen Cole, M.A., Bryn Athyn College, Swedenborgians and the Arts and Crafts Movement (video link, presentation link [21 MB])

Graham Bier, Ph.D., Bryn Athyn College, Toward an Internal Sense: C. J. Whittington’s New Church Compositional Style (video link, presentation link [37 MB], reduced size presentation link [1 MB])

 

Introduction of Massimo Introvigne

Keynote 3

Massimo Introvigne, Dr. Jur., Founder and direct of CESNUR Center for Studies on New Religions, Concentric Circles (video link, presentation link [32 MB])

SESSION 5

William Blake and His Circles

Chair: Devin Zuber, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union

Martha Gyllenhaal, Ph.D., Bryn Athyn College, Swedenborg’s Divine Love and Wisdom and William Blake’s Watercolor A Vision of the Last Judgment (video link, presentation link [69 MB], reduced size presentation link [10 MB])

Matthew Leporati, Ph.D., College of Mount Saint Vincent, Swedenborg’s Conjugial Love and William Blake’s Erotic Poetics (video link, presentation link [7MB])

Rebecca Esterson, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Swedenborg and the Present-Day Apocalypse in Blake’s “The Everlasting Gospel” (video link, presentation link [1 MB])

SESSION 6

European Romanticism and Its Aftereffects

Chair: Jonathan Kline, Ph.D., Tyler School of Art at Temple University

Cordula Grewe, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, Landscape between Revelation and Ritual (video link, presentation link [30 MB])

Saori Osuga, Ph.D., Waseda University, Swedenborg and the French Romantics (PDF of paper)

Daniel Guéguen, Independent scholar, Swedenborg and Belgian Art (video link, presentation link [73 MB], reduced size presentation link [4 MB])

Colette Walker, M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Hidden Correspondences: Tracing the Swedenborgian Thread through Romanticism and Symbolism to the Abstract Art of Wassily Kandinsky (video link, presentation link [15 MB])

SESSION 7

Jamesian Modernisms affable

Chair: Peter Schneck, Ph.D., University of Osnabrück

Paul J. Croce, Ph.D., Stetson University, The Aesthetics of Experience: William James, Selective Attention, and Rival Religious World-Views (video link, presentation link [3 MB])

Devin Zuber, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Convert, Convert, Convert!: Translating Swedenborg in Henry James’s Fiction (video link, presentation link [2 MB])

Meredith Massar Munson, Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Mystical, Pragmatic Modernism (video link, presentation link [50 MB])

 

Introduction of Homero Aridjis

Keynote 4

Homero Aridjis, Poet and Novelist, A Time of Angels: How I Met Swedenborg and How He Has Inspired My Work (video link)

SESSION 8

Swedenborg and the Contemporary

Chair: Aram Yardumian, Ph.D., Bryn Athyn College

Sylvia Shaw, Ph.D., Independent scholar, Crafting a Swedenborgian Literary Aesthetic: Lessons Gleaned and Applied to My Fiction (video link, presentation link [8 MB])

Karen Weiser, Ph.D., Poet, Swedenborg and Poetics (video link)

Stephen McNeilly, M.A., Swedenborg Society, Modalities of Practice – via Skype from England – with some initial technical difficulties (video link)

Bridget Smith, Independent artist, Swedenborg, Photography, and Vision(s) (video link, presentation link [36 MB])

 

With gracious thanks to our sponsors:
The Swedenborg Society
Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Swedenborg Foundation
Swedenborg Scientific Association
Glencairn Museum
Bryn Athyn College