Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Hermetic Amsterdam

A full academic programme in the heart of Amsterdam, cutting edge research in esotericism, from antiquity to the present.​

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In diversity we unite​

The HHP Centre firmly opposes any ideology based on violence, oppression and discrimination against individuals or communities, whether on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other perceived difference that can be used as a pretext for marginalisation or persecution. The Centre believes in the values of diversity and inclusion, and condemns the aforementioned ideologies in the strongest possible terms. This statement is also in accordance with the Diversity Policy Document of the University of Amsterdam.



The Hermetica Minor – World’s first BA programme in Western esotericism. Discover our Bachelor programme.


A unique possibility to dive deeper into the history of Western esotericism under the supervision of specialists.

Winter School

This two-week online course between 16 January and 27 January 2023 offers students at every level, and non-students alike, a broad survey of  Western esotericism.

About the HHP Centre

The HHP Centre

 The world’s leading institute in the field of Western esotericism.

Our staff

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Who is who at HHP.

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Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

The world-famous Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH), also known as The Ritman Library, is situated in the Embassy of the Free Mind (EFM) and is an indispensable resource for students of Western Esotericism.

News & Events

Winter School: Online course 16 - 27 January 2023
The Winter school courses Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism organised by the..
ESSWE 9 Malmö University, Sweden, June 26–28, 2023: Call for Papers
ESSWE9 will be held at Malmö University, Sweden, June 26–28, 2023 Western Esotericism and Practice..
Reading Class Occult Sciences and Esoteric Traditions (Warburg-UvA)
Dr. Liana Saif at UvA and Prof. Charles Burnett at the Warburg Institute are presenting..
Call For Papers: The Theosophical Movement Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality
The Theosophical Movement; Innovations in Esotericism and Spirituality5-7 October 2022 in Naarden, The Netherlands The..
Two PhD positions
The application deadline is now closed.   The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) invited..
Tyrants, Heroes, and Martyrs
A symposium is organized to honour Jan Willem van Henten at the time of his..


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Student experiences

The students I met only increased HHP’s openness and diversity, as they came from all over the map-geographically, ideologically, and intellectually.

It taught me to think like a historian, to do historic research, to formalize my findings into papers, and to present those findings to an academic audience.

My experience at HHP is one of the most important stages in my academic education.

The interaction with your peers is co-operative rather than competitive, which enables a nurturing learning environment where even socializing feels like education.

I experienced a scholarly milieu that saw me not only as a student, but also as a young scholar, enticing me to participate in conferences and submit articles for journals and anthologies.

It wasn’t just the material that drew me so deeply into the Hermetica program and, ultimately, the field: it was the people, the environment, the feel of HHP.

To be treated as a scholar-in-the-making, as well as being able to discuss my academic passion with likeminded students, is something I truly value with the MA programme in Amsterdam.