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PTCOLIM

 

CONFERENCE 2023

“The Embrace of Neoplatonism”


 

 

28-30 June 2024

AT PURLEY CHASE CENTRE, MANCETTER,
WARWICKSHIRE CV9 2RQ

Previous years’ conferences: click here

For full details of the conference programme, click here

The sixteenth annual Prometheus Trust Conference -

The Embrace of Neoplatonism

. . . it is requisite we should transfer the divine spectacle into ourselves, and behold it as one, and as the same with our essence: just as if any one hurried away by the vigorous impulse of some god, whether Apollo or one of the Muses, should procure in himself the intuition of the god; since in the secret recesses of his own essence, he will behold the divinity himself.” – Plotinus (V, viii, 10)

The mature development of Platonism in late antiquity (now known as Neoplatonism) offers us a model of philosophic integration of our various spheres of investigations and experiences unique at least in the West. Its wide embrace draws together elements that modern culture tends to see as alienated - science and religion, reason and mysticism, individual soul-culture and the collective, human life and that of nature, mythos and logos.

This conference invites contributions from those who are exploring this comprehensive understanding both in terms of its original expression, and in its continuing influence onwards to the present day, and perhaps its promise for the future.

We hope that included in the range of papers presented within this general theme will be some that consider the effect on those who, in their turn, embrace Neoplatonism and its transcendent spirit. Neoplatonic writings often speak directly to the reader as fellow travellers on a path which leads to a “life of the Gods” “ does this resonated with the experience of this embrace?

A keynote address from Professor Michael Griffin will open the conference on the evening of the 28th (title to be announced).
 

This is a call for papers on theme of "The Embrace of Neoplatonism":

As usual the Prometheus Trust is hoping that contributors will be drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, academic and non-academic, specialist and non-specialist, artistic, scientific, political, religious and philosophic.

 

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to conference@prometheustrust.co.uk at the latest by Friday, 5 April 2024. Acceptance of these will be confirmed as quickly as possible. 

Papers should be around 2500-3000 words or 20 minutes’ presentation (we usually allow a further 15-20 minutes for a question and answer session after each presentation).

The conference will be opened formally on the evening of Friday 28th, with a keynote address from Professor Michael Griffin

 

On Saturday 29th the Thomas Taylor Lecture will be delivered - details to be announced.

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Accommodation and travel

The conference will take place at Purley Chase Centre, Mancetter, near Atherstone in Warwickshire, which is comfortable and well appointed.  Residential prices are for full board for the weekend (from Friday supper to Sunday lunch) and are 200 (single or twin ensuite per person) and 175 (dormitory); non-residential price to include all meals except breakfasts is 45. Participants are encouraged to attend for the whole weekend and there are no reductions for partial attendance.  There is limited ensuite accommodation available. If you are unable to afford these charges we do have a limited number of bursaries - please contact the Treasurer in confidence (treasurer@prometheustrust.co.uk) to apply for a bursary.

Note the nearest international airport is Birmingham International - there is public transport available between Birmingham International and Atherstone rail station. By car the route is about 15 miles. 

Conference fee: This charge is 50 and is payable with your booking. It is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. There are no concessions for this charge and is applicable to all delegates. Accommodation fees are payable by end of May.

Booking forms are available from the Conference Secretary at the above address or phone number or by email: conference@prometheustrust.co.uk, - they can also be downloaded here. Completed forms with your deposit of 50 should be returned by SATURDAY, 27 APRIL at the very latest, and before if possible as places are limited.

Travel: By Car: The centre is just over 2 kilometres South of the A5 near Atherstone. It can be approached from all points of the compass via the motorway network, using M1, M6, M42 or M69 for instance. If travelling along the A5 from the East then just before Atherstone, take the B4111 towards Mancetter. If you are travelling along the A5 from the West, go past Atherstone on the dual carriageway and when you reach the large roundabout at the end, take the right exit towards Mancetter B4111. After about a quarter of a mile on B4111, just past The Plough pub and the church, take a right turn to Purley Chase Golf Club (brown road sign). Over the traffic light controlled bridge, follow the road round to the right and up through the trees, Purley Chase Centre is about a quarter of a mile further on, on the right.

By rail:The nearest main line railway station is at Nuneaton, about 10 kilometres away. Nuneaton is on the main line between London and Lancashire, and trains also serve Atherstone about 2 miles away. These towns are also served by various bus and coach services. A taxi from Atherstone railway station to the Centre costs roughly 12. Local Taxi companies are: AAA Taxis: 01827 713637 A.R.L Cars: 01942 888111 Atherstone Taxis: 01827 712427. If travelling from London to Atherstone, the taxi rank is a short distance from the station, next to the bus station.

 

For further details phone 01291 409018 (or +44 1291 409018 from outside the UK) or write to 14 Tylers Way, Sedbury, Chepstow, Glos, NP16 7AB, UK or email conference@prometheustrust.co.uk