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The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and regsitered charity. In addition to organizing events, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances and film screenings; we also publish a large selection of literature relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The Society's Grade II listed premises in Bloomsbury, central London, is also available for private hire. For free updates on our events and publications please join our e-newsletter mailing list

Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal

a series of seminars led by Dr William Rowlandson

Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail). Wikimedia Commons.

MONDAYS 6, 13, 20 and 27 JUNE 2016 | 6.00 - 8.00 pm | David Wynter Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | FREE (REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL)

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As part of its ongoing commitment to free education and educational resources, the Swedenborg Society is pleased to announce a new programme of weekly evening seminars. 

Running throughout June on Monday evenings, the first series of 4 seminars on ‘Swedenborg, Literature and the Imaginal’ will be led by Dr William Rowlandson of the University of Kent. Chiefly drawing on Swedenborg’s presence in Latin American Literature, they will investigate the peculiar interrelationship of fiction and non-fiction as a means of exploring the imaginal.

  • Week 1 (6 June) ‘So what is the Imaginal anyway?’
  • Week 2 (13 June) ‘What is Borges?’
  • Week 3 (20 June) ‘Praying for the souls of the fictional dead: Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo
  • Week 4 (27 June) ‘Magical Realism: Can the real be magic? Can magic be real?’

The classes will be held at Swedenborg House in the Society’s beautiful boardroom and library space, the David Wynter Room, and they will follow a seminar format of a 40-minute presentation, followed by a short intermission, and then a workshop and discussion session.

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swedenborg film festival

The winners are...

The joint winners of the Swedenborg Film Festival are:

Toby Tatum for Mental Space

and

Daphne Rosenthal for Meanwhile, looking elsewhere

The judges also gave special mentions to Phil Coy for Who Goes There? and to Stewart Collinson & Andrea Szigetvari for Transitus Angeli.

Well done! Read more here...

new book

New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

Our next publication will be Ken Worpole's, New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society (London: Swedenborg Society, 2015; 90 pages, priced £6.95).

In New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society, Ken Worpole reveals that utopian and visionary thinking, especially in relation to new forms of settlement and livelihood, has not gone away, even if it has gone underground. With an unprecedented growth in the population of older people, along with increasing cultural and demographic change elsewhere in society, there is renewed interest in more convivial forms of urban design, as well as shared living. This interest draws on a long history of elective communities, including those influenced by the thought and works of Emanuel Swedenborg—a fascinating history with much to offer the architects and policy makers of today, and a history that is artfully and succinctly appraised in New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society.

Read more and order your copy here!

volunteers needed

Would you like to volunteer for the Swedenborg Society? We are currently looking for people who might like to help invigilate our bookshop during weekdays and also help-out during our busy events programme. Previous experience is not needed. The Society’s beautiful oak-lined shop is in the middle of Bloomsbury, London. It is close to the British Museum and only five minutes walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please do not hesitate to contact us via admin@swedenborg.org.uk or 0207 405 7986.

Charity registration number: 209172