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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

The International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery

2-4 June 2015 | Mansion House / Swedenborg Hall, London

Organized by the Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund (CSS), in conjunction with the Swedenborg Society and the Anglo-Swedish Society, the International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery is a three-day conference on the life, work and impact of Carl Bernhard Wadström (1746-99), a Swedish economist, writer and Swedenborgian who is today chiefly remembered for his pivotal role in the antislavery movement.

The opening evening of the conference (2nd June) takes place at the Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House in London with tickets priced £12 and £8 (student rate).

The two days of the conference proceedings at Swedenborg Hall (3rd-4th June) are free of charge, but people interested in attending must register in advance.

For full details of the conference schedule, speakers, the venues, and how to book your place for the conference, please visit the conference's website:

www.wadstromconference.com

NEW BOOK

An Angel Speaks | Homero Aridjis

On Tuesday 14 April, in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy, and in the company of the author, Homero Aridjis, and the Mexican Ambassador, Diego Gómez Pickering, the Swedenborg Society held a very special evening to honour the publication of Homero Aridjis’s new book. 

An Angel Speaks is a collection of 17 poems selected by the author to offer an introduction to a body of work spanning 30 years. The volume features an essay on Homero’s work and impact by Nobel Prize winner J M G Le Clézio and a Q&A in which Homero discusses the inspiration behind his work, his groundbreaking environmental activism and his key influences.

HOMERO ARIDJIS is the author of over 40 works and is widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest living poet. His work has been translated into numerous languages and he has received critical praise from artists and writers such as Luis Buñuel, Yves Bonnefoy, Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges. He has twice served as President of PEN International, and is a former Mexican ambassador to UNESCO. In 1985 he founded the Group of 100, an environmental association of prominent artists and intellectuals that has included Leonora Carrington, Juan Rulfo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Since then he has become one of Latin America’s leading environmental activists. Homero has been the recipient of many distinctions and prizes, including the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Prix Roger Caillois, the Golden Key of Smederevo and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore. He has twice been awarded a a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2015 he will become President of the Swedenborg Society.

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