Anders Hallengren | Swedenborg Birthday Meeting Lecture 2013 | 'The Mystic with an Oceanic Mind'

Saturday 26 January 2013 | 4.00 pm | Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Admission is free but capacity is limited

Anders Hallengren is a Swedish author and scholar, a Harvard alumnus, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He received a doctorate for a dissertation on RW Emerson’s philosophy (The Code of Concord, 1994) and is an Associate Professor and Fellow of Stockholm University. The author of many books, including Gallery of Mirrors: Reflections on Swedenborgian Thought (Swedenborg Foundation, 1998) he is also the English translator of Swedenborg’s Dream Diary and other works. He has provided the revised translation of – and an introduction to - Carl Robsahm’s Memoirs of Swedenborg (Swedenborg Society, 2011). A prolific essayist and also a poet, Hallengren was awarded a prize by the Swedish Academy in 2008. In 2009 he lectured at the Swedenborg Association of Australia, the Hurstville Society, and the Linnean Society of New South Wales. He is currently translating a series of lectures on botany delivered by Carl Linneaus in the mid-1700s, a work commissioned by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters. Since 2010, Anders has been the coordinator for Configurations of Desire, an international network of scholars researching expressions of desire in literature from antiquity through to the seventeenth century. The result of their research, PANGS OF LOVE AND LONGING: Configurations of Desire in Premodern Literature, will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2013.

Photograph © John Tranter

Book Launch | Swedenborg Society Transaction Series 2013

The following books will be launched at the Swedenborg Birthday Meeting. These are are the latest volumes in the historic Swedenborg Society Transaction series, featuring talks and lectures given at the Swedenborg Society from 1910 to the present day.

The Feeling of What Happens/Smile or Die (Transaction no. 8) by David Lister

Carl Bernhard Wadström: In Search of the New Jerusalem (Transaction no. 9) by PL Johnson

The Garment of Love (Transaction no. 10) by Anders Hallengren

Doors open for the Birthday Meeting at 4.00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the hall until the lecture begins at 4.30 pm. Admission is free but capacity is limited. For advance booking please contact / 020 7405 7986.