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The Image of Paradise: From Myth to Utopia
St Petersburg, October/November 2002


ST. PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
PHILOSOPHICAL FACULTY
DEPARTMENT of the PHILOSOPHY of RELIGION and RELIGIOUS STUDIES
CENTRE of COMPARATIVE STUDY of RELIGION
will hold
on 31 OCTOBER - 2 NOVEMBER 2002

THE CONFERENCE

THE IMAGE OF PARADISE: FROM THE MYTH TO THE UTOPIA


Proposed themes include:

I. PARADISE CELESTIAL. Myth of paradise in the world religions
* Localization and topography of paradise
* The Garden of Delights and Celestial Jerusalem
* The Paradise and the Golden Age
* The Fall and the Redemption
* The Paradise and the Hell
* Paradise as a condition of consciousness

II. PARADISE VIRTUAL. An image of paradise in art and literature
* Paradise lost and returned
* Historical transformations of the image of paradise
* The world of art as the paradise

III. PARADISE TERRESTRIAL. "The Paradise" in the utopian thought
* The image of paradise in the popular utopian consciousness
* The pastoral idylls and the urban imaginations
* " We shall construct our new world : "

The list of themes to be discussed is open for the additional offers

The comparative researches are welcomed

To offer a proposal for a 20-minute paper, please send a 400-word abstract
not later than 5 September 2002 in WinWord file or e-mail

State St. Petersburg University
Department of Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies
Mendeleevskaya linia, 5
St.Petersburg, 199034
Russia
Fax: +7(812)3280871
Tel: +7(812)3289590

e-mail: relig@philosophy.pu.ru
 mmarsh@MS1013.spb.edu
Prof. Dr. Shakhnovich Marianna