Bryn Athyn College Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2017-18 - Page 16

Dr. Ilya Kutik (Northwestern) Dr. Robert Rix (Copenhagen) and Colin Amato (GTU, Berkeley) SWEDENBORG AND THE ARTS By Devin Zuber, Ph.D. (BA '00) Associate Professor for American Studies, Religion, & Literature Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley Conference Co-organizer including Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the T he international conference “Swedenborg and the Arts” took place over four days at Bryn Athyn College, beginning with a reception at Cairnwood and concluding with a panel on contem- porary art that included a poetry reading by the re- nowned Mexican author Homero Aridjis. The event featured 38 scholars and specialists from various fields—ranging from art history and literary criticism, to philosophy, religious studies and the history of ar- chitecture—who hailed from ten different countries, 16 | F A L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 - 1 8 United Kingdom. It was a first-time collaboration be- tween the major educational institutions affiliated with Swedenborgianism, including Bryn Athyn Col- lege and the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, as well as the Swedenborg Foundation and the Swe- denborg Society in London (the world’s major pub- lishers of work by and about Swedenborg). Another key partner for the conference was the Center for the Study of New Religious Movements (CESNUR), in Turin, Italy, which has been a vital conduit for es- tablishing some of the academic discourses impor- tant for discussions of Emanuel Swedenborg (such