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Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN)

ContERN connects scholars working on esotericism in the contemporary world. Our primary goals are to promote scholarship on contemporary esotericism in ways that are congruent with the broader field of Western esotericism; encourage the integration of social scientific theoretical and methodological approaches and perspectives while maintaining a strong emphasis on historical awareness; and actively encourage the development of new theory and method in the field.

ContERN works to create possibilities for networking and forums for scholarly discussion through the organisation of conferences, conference panels, and scholarly publications, but also by maintaining an online presence. Promoting interdisciplinary cooperation is also central to ContERNs goals, and the network seeks to interact with, e.g., sociology, anthropology and various subdisciplines of religious studies.

Please find more information at the ContERN website, and Google group.

Network organizers/coordinators:

Egil Asprem (Coordinator)
Kennet Granholm (Coordinator)

ESSWE Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity

The Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (NSEA) provides contact for specialists of ancient esoteric thought, history, and literature. While the ancient sources (Gnostic, theurgic, Neoplatonic, Hermetic, etc.) of Western Esotericism possess enormous importance for the development of esoteric currents from the fourteenth century onwards, there remains only a minimum of interaction between the antiquity experts and their (proto)-modern colleagues. The Network therefore is intended to introduce scholarship on ancient Esotericism to the rest of ESSWE, while also serves as a forum in which to exchange ideas, notes and references, etc. outside of other professional bodies which are not concerned with Esotericism per se, and to coordinate study and workshops with other working groups on the subject, such as the Society of Biblical Literature's Section on Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity. Finally, the NSEA website ( provides an expansive portal with up-to-date information on the manifold scholarly resources the student of antiquity may access online, as well as relevant news about new publications, conferences, etc.

The co-directors of NSEA are Dr. Dylan M. Burns (Leipzig) and Sarah Veale (University of Toronto).

Click HERE to visit the NSEA website

For more information, please contact Dylan M. Burns  or Sarah Veale 

WEAVE: Western Esotericism in modern Art and Visual Culture

WEAVE is a research network connecting scholars studying the interplay of heterodox spiritualties with Modern western art and visual culture. Scholars of all disciplines, interests, backgrounds and convictions are welcome. The phrase “heterodox spirituality” includes Western esotericism, occultism, occulture, mysticism, alternative Modern spirituality, and contemporary spiritualities.

The Network’s research scope is limited to:

  1. Western art and cultural history, allowing for the study of heterodox spiritualties from other regions than “the West”, as long as the relationship with Western art and culture is the research objective;
  2. the Modern and contemporary period, but allowing for the study of the reception, afterlife/nachleben, diachronic cultural resonance, or mnemo-historical development of pre-Modern art and visual culture in (post) Modernity;
  3. visual culture, including the screen arts, the performing arts, and architecture, as well as design, painting, the graphical arts, sculpture, mixed media and applied arts; to be furthermore extended to other arts such as literature and music when there is an obvious visual component presentundefinedi.e., word/image, text/performance, music/image or image/structure relations. Outsider art, marginal or peripheral cultural expressions, popular culture, folk culture, etc., is emphatically included.
Founding Members of WEAVE:

Christian Giudice MA – Gothenburg University, SWE
Dr. Tessel M. Bauduin – Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
Nina Kokkinen MA – University of Turku, FIN
Dr. Victoria Ferentinou – Ioannina University
Dr. Victoria Nelson – Goddard College
Per Faxneld MA – Stockholm University
Dr. Jonathan Shirland – Bridgewater State University
Prof. dr. Christopher Partridge – Lancaster University
Prof. dr. Raphael Rosenberg – University of Vienna
Dr. Henrik Bogdan – Gothenburg University
Dr. Marco Pasi – University of Amsterdam
Dr. Lars Bang Larsen – University of Copenhagen
Prof. dr. Christoph Wagner – University of Regensburg
Dr. Marty Bax – independent art historian and owner of Baxart


Contact: Studynetwork [dot] weave [at]  gmail [dot]  com.
Click HERE to visit the WEAVE website

ESSWE Student Network

The ESSWE Student Network was designed to connect student members. It facilitates the building of relationships between students of Western Esotericism on an international level. The network also works to enhance professional development for student scholars and provides them with an opportunity to be mentored by more senior scholars.

The primary goal of the network is to facilitate the organization of student activities, including the biennial thesis workshop, professional development activities, and the biennial conference. This will be done through maintaining an online presence.  Please contact the student network coordinator with your ideas for student activities.

Network coordinator: Lori Lee Oates, student representative to the board of directors may be contacted at

For more information on the thesis workshop in July 2016 please see the program here

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