Samstag, 30. April 2022, 09:00 - 12:00 iCal

Subtle Energies

Explorations within Holistic Healing and Spirituality

Aula am Campus der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien


Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 28. April 2022, 13:30 - 17:00

Freitag, 29. April 2022, 09:00 - 16:30

This three-day (in-person) conference aims to explore modern concepts revolving subtle energies, which are employed by the vast majority of protagonists of the contemporary holistic milieu.

Ideas, practices, and experiences involving sublime life forces have circulated for millennia in various parts of the world. Traditions postulating the "flows" of these vital powers or substances through the channels and centers of a subtle body are probably best known from their occurrence in South and East Asian techniques of self-cultivation. Since the 19th century, elements from these traditions have been mingled and supplemented with similar concepts of European origin and disseminated on a worldwide scale. The globalisation and entanglements of these discourses have resulted in a plethora of practices, schools, and currents that still influence today's therapeutic and spiritual field.

The conference focuses on two major themes: On the one hand, practices and interpretations of energy healing, and, on the other hand, concepts of kuṇḍalinī within modern yoga and transpersonal psychology. Furthermore, it features contributions on the role of subtle energies in transnational exchanges, tantric traditions, gender discourses, nationalist movements, life reform, UFO cults, martial arts, and eco-spirituality.


The event is hosted in collaboration with the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Department of Religious Studies, the Austrian Society for the Study of Religions (OEGRW), and the Occult South Asia Network (OSAN).


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Institut für Religionswissenschaft

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Marleen Thaler
Institut für Religionswissenschaft