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  • 2007-06-06 17:40 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    The CAMBRIDGE CENTRE for the study of WESTERN ESOTERICISM is independent of any academic or esoteric communities. The co-ordinators share an interest in the need for a wider dialogue between scholars and practitioners in the field of western esotericism and in the establishment of a secular space in which an interdisciplinary network can thrive. CCWE wishes to establish a secular space in which scholars and practitioners of Western Esotericism can meet with the aim of promoting a continuing dialogue. It is often difficult for scholars and those more generally interested in esoteric disciplines to meet practitioners, and for practitioners already involved in a group or teaching to gain access to a wide range of scholarly information about the teaching. CCWE aims to provide several spaces where these contacts can take place. Through: - information exchanged via an internet blog; - meetings held in a neutral public space in Cambridge; - through a conference in Cambridge in July 2007.

  • 2007-04-23 17:41 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

    The draft program of the inaugural conference of ESSWE, hold at Tübingen University, Germany, 20-22 July 2007.

    The draft program of the inaugural conference of ESSWE, hold at Tübingen University, Germany, 20-22 July 2007.
  • 2007-03-02 17:42 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    The Center for “History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents” (GHF) at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, is looking for An Assistant Professor (m/f) History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period The Center for “History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents” (Geschiedenis van de Hermetische Filosofie en verwante stromingen; GHF) at the University of Amsterdam ( is a pioneering institution for research and teaching in the academic study of Western Esotericism. It concentrates in particular on the history of Renaissance Platonism and Hermetism, prisca theologia and occulta philosophia in the early modern period and their later developments; alchemical, magical, astrological, Paracelsian and Rosicrucian currents; Jewish and Christian kabbalah; Christian theosophy and Illuminism; and various occultist and related developments during the 19th and 20th centuries, including the New Age movement. GHF has currently a vacancy for the position of Assistant Professor (“Universitair Docent”) for the History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period. A successful candidate will have a good record of high quality academic publications focused on one or more currents in this domain, and solid general knowledge of the domain as a whole. As a generalist in the study of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period s/he can teach all its main aspects on both undergraduate and graduate levels. - Research. The Assistant Professor will be expected to initiate personal research projects in the field of esoteric currents in Western culture since the Renaissance, focusing on the early modern period (15th-18th cent.), and to publish actively in the appropriate scholarly media. S/he will also be expected to collaborate in common research activities with the other staff members of the subdepartment, and with staff members of other departements of the Faculty if the occasion calls for it. - Teaching. GHF offers a “minor” Western esotericism in the context of the Bachelor program Religious Studies (in Dutch), and a full-time trajectory “Mysticism and Western Esotericism” in the context of the Master program Religious Studies (in English). The Assistant Professor will be expected to teach courses in both programs, both in lecture and in seminar settings. If necessary, s/he is expected to master the Dutch language during the first two years of the appointment. - Organization/Administration. Within reasonable limits the Assistant Professor may be asked to be active in one or more special committees of the Faculty. Candidates should fit the following profile: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a discipline of the humanities. Specialization in, or relevant to, one or more areas of historical research belonging to the domain of “Western esotericism” in the early modern period (15th-18th century), having resulted in academic publications of high quality. Active interest in interdisciplinary research and teamwork in the context of the humanities and the social sciences. Good didactic qualities. Good command of Latin and English non-native Dutch speakers must achieve fluency in Dutch within two years. Willingness to develop in a multidisciplinary capacity in order to be able to participate in multiple areas of the Faculty's curriculum. Appointment This is a temporary appointment for two years, starting on 1 September 2009. Satisfactory performance is subject for a permanent appointment. The gross monthly salary will range from € 3195 (scale 11) to € 4970 (scale 12), based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week). Letters of application, with C.V. and list of publications, should be sent to: Prof. Dr. W.J. Hanegraaff, Fac. Of Humanities/Department of Art, Religion and Cultural Studies, Oude Turfmarkt 147, NL-1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands. e-mail:  For general information, contact Mrs. H. Nobach (secretary) at the same address. Email  Deadline for letters of application: 23 March 2009.

  • 2006-12-16 17:45 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    The response to the Call for Papers for the inaugural conference of the ESSWE in Tübingen (Germany), 20-22 July 2007, has been enormous. The program committee and a selection committee have already begun to evaluate the more than 70 proposals and to work on a tentative program. The official deadline for submitting proposals is 31 December 2006. (See the Call for Papers under "Agenda".) The program committee is very glad about the overall good quality of proposals and the good mixture of accomplished scholars and graduate students. This conference will become a major event. Speakers in the main program will include Jan Assmann, Jean-Pierre Brach, Giulio Busi, Allison Coudert, Joscelyn Godwin, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Moshe Idel, Andreas Kilcher, Jean-Pierre Laurant, Christine Maillard, Martin Mulsow, Monika Neugebauer-Wölk, Marco Pasi, Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann, Mark Sedgwick, Michael Stausberg, Kocku von Stuckrad, Steve Wasserstrom.

  • 2006-11-01 17:46 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    The Call for Paper for an international conference on "Western Esotericism" (15-17 August 2007), organized by the Donner Institute, Åbo (Turku), Finland, is out now. Although the Call for Papers is in Swedish, the conference language will be English. For more information, see "Agenda" or the conference website.

  • 2006-09-25 17:47 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    As of September 25, the ESSWE has 110 members. This is a great success indeed, and what is more, our members come from many different countries and represent both established scholars and students: Argentina 1 Australia 3 Austria 3 Belgium 2 Canada 4 Denmark 3 Egypt 1 England 19 Finland 2 French-Guyana 1 France 9 Germany 10 Italy 2 Monaco 1 Netherlands 25 Norway 3 Portugal 2 Russia 1 Spain 4 Sweden 1 USA 13 Gender: 68 male and 42 female. Membership status: Full members 70 Associate members 4 Students 36

  • 2006-08-24 17:48 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)
    In reference to the recent announcement of the creation of a chair for the study of esotericism in a Vatican university, a rectification seems to be necessary (prompted by one of our members, PierLuigi Zoccatelli). The official title of the chair is "Religions and unconventional spiritualities" ("Religioni e Spiritualità Non Convenzionali"). This means that the focus of the teaching is not particularly on esotericism, but on the phenomenon of new religious movements as a whole (which may, however, also include aspects of what scholars refer to as "Western esotericism"). The chair has been promoted by a Catholic anti-cult association, the GRIS ( and has been created at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (also known as "Angelicum", For an announcement of the creation of the chair, with a description of its goals, see the link below. Finally, the text on the New Age for which there was a link in the previous announcement ( was not an article by the first holder of the chair, Prof. Michael Fuss, but a confessional analysis of the New Age produced by two official committees of the Catholic Church, the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

  • 2006-08-12 17:50 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

    First ESSWE Newsletter out now.

  • 2006-07-20 17:51 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

    The first volume of the Aries Book Series has been published: Urszula Szulakowska, The Sacrificial Body and the Day of Doom: Alchemy and Apocalyptic Discourse in the Protestant Reformation. Leiden: Brill 2006 (119 EUR/ca. 155 USD). Members of ESSWE receive a discount on this publication (ca. 90 EUR/116 USD). This study positions Paracelsian alchemy, medicine and medical physiology within the apocalyptic discourse of the Protestant Reformation. A comparison is made between alchemical theory concerning the perfectibility of prime matter and Christian eschatological doctrine concerning human salvation through Christ's sacrifice in universal history and in the ritual of the mass. A detailed analysis is made of the engraved illustrations constituting an integral part of the alchemical medicine and physiology of Heinrich Khunrath, Stefan Michelspacher, Jacob Boehme, Abraham von Franckenberg and Robert Fludd. The book will be of interest to scholars of the history of western art, popular culture, medicine, alchemy and theology, specifically those working in the context of the late Renaissance and Reformation in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Urszula Szulakowska is a lecturer in art history at the University of Leeds. She has produced many publications on the history of alchemical illustration, including The Alchemy of Light (Brill, 2000)

  • 2006-07-03 17:51 | ESSWE admin (Administrator)

    The New York Open Center and Lapis Magazine Online host a conference titled: "An Esoteric Quest in Central Europe" from August 31 until September 8. The conference will be held at three differenct places in Central Europe, starting in the Czech Republic and moving to Weimar in Germany. The sessions include: "Jacob Boehme and His Theosophical Vision and The Hermetic Harvest of Goethe’s Alchemical Retreat, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke "Oratory and Laboratory: Heinrich Khunrath’s Alchemy, Magic and Cabala", Peter Forshaw "Paracelsus/Goethe/Steiner", Dennis Klocek "Charting Rosicrucian Europe", Christopher McIntosh "Mystical Sisters: Images of the Alchemical Feminine", M.E. Warlick "The Esoteric Quest from Antiquity to the Renaissance", Leonard George "Ritual Illumination: The 'Higher' Masonic Orders, the Illuminati, and the Esoteric Quest", Jay Kinney

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