Academy Symposium

Boundless Love: Notions of Love in Various Cultural Traditions

3 August 2016 from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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During this symposium, scholars from diverse fields will discuss the nature of love and seduction, homo-eroticism in Islamic cultures, the lessons of the Kama Sutra, and what we can learn from the ways in which individuals and peoples have spoken of love.

From ancient times until today, thinkers in various disciplines have tried to decipher the mystery of love. Is it a religious and spiritual force identified with God, is it a philosophical concept, is it a force of attraction holding the whole cosmos together, or is love a disease that must be treated? 



  • Piet Gerbrandy, University of Amsterdam – Andreas Capellanus and the Rhetoric of Seduction. Twelfth-Century Techniques of Confusion
  • Mineke Schipper, Leiden University – How the Magic Matrix Gets in the Way of Boundless Love in Creation Stories
  • Jan Schmidt, Leiden University – Love and Sex among the Ottomans
  • Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, Leiden University – Homo-Erotic Love: Spiritual Eroticism versus Earthly Sexuality
  • Herman Tieken, Leiden University – Kama Sutra: when Sex becomes a Science