ESSWE PhD Thesis Prize
Nominations will soon be invited for the fifth biennial ESSWE PhD Thesis prize, awarded by the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.
The prize will be given for an outstanding PhD thesis completed since 1 January 2015 on any aspect of Western Esotericism. Candidates for the prize must be members of the ESSWE. The thesis must have been approved formally by the nominee's thesis committee, but the degree need not have been formally awarded.
Notification & Certification
The prizewinner will be notified in Spring 2017 and will receive an award of €500 and a certificate, to be presented at the sixth ESSWE conference in June 2017.
The thesis will also be recommended for publication in the ARIES Book Series, though the final decision on publication will be taken by the ARIES Book Series editorial board.
Nominations must be made by electronic mail to the Chair of the Prize Committee by 1 February 2017. The nominator must be a faculty member at the institution that awards the nominee’s PhD degree, or a member of the nominee’s thesis committee. Each nominator may make only one nomination.
The applications should consist of pdf files of the following material:
A letter of nomination
ESSWE PhD Thesis Prize Winners
2009 Robert Collis, “The Petrine Instauration: Religion, Esotericism and Science at the Court of Peter the Great, 1689-1725.”
2011 Daniel Jütte, “Das Zeitalter des Geheimnisses. Juden, Christen und die Ökonomie des Geheimen (1400–1800).”
2013 Egil Asprem, “The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939.”
2015 Tim Rudbøg, "H. P. Blavatsky's Theosophy in Context: The Construction of Meaning in Modern Western Esotericism."
The Homan MA Thesis Prize
ESSWE offers a Homan MA Thesis Prize in memory of Henny Homan, the Society's first Secretary. A prize of €150 plus a certificate will be awarded every two years for an unpublished thesis, based on original research, on any aspect of the study of Western esotericism. The competition is open to anyone currently registered for an MA who has a scholarly interest in the study of Western esotericism. Scholars from any country may enter the competition, but entries must not have been previously submitted for publication. Entries will be judged by a committee chaired by a member of the ESSWE Board, who will consult with other prominent scholars in the field where necessary.
General Conditions of Entry
Homan MA Thesis Prize Winners
2015 Ellen P. Randolph, "Gnosticism, Transformation, and the Role of the Feminine in the Gnostic Mass of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.).”