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Lecture: Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism

Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism On May 11, 16:00-17:30, Dr. Manon Hedenborg White (University of Amsterdam/Södertörn University) will be giving an open lecture in the context of the RMA seminar Current Issues in Religious Studies and Western Esotericism, entitled “Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism”. This talk will…

OSAN (Occult South Asia Network) organises a panel in the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), Vienna, Austria, 29 July-1 August 2020

Mriganka Mukhopadhyay and Karl Baier are presenting a panel in the 26th ECSAS conference: Occult South Asia: Rethinking the History of Modern South Asian Religions and Spiritualities through the Lens of Esotericism Research and vice versa. View the abstract of the panel here. This panel will be the third annual meeting of OSAN (Occult South…

International Workshop “Religious Drugs”

Workshop Religious Drugs at the Masaryk University Brno The Department for the Study of Religions of Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and the Czech Association for the Study of Religions is organizing the workshop “Religious Drugs” on 28-29 February 2020, where new ideas for research will be discussed, investigated and proposed. More information about the…

Women and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Women and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe This one-day conference, organized by Sajed Chowdhury, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for the Arts in Society, offers a unique opportunity to explore the different ways in which early modern European women were consumers and producers of alchemical knowledge. Date:  Friday 20 March 2020 Time: 09:30 – 18:00…

“Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”: Call for Papers

Call for Papers “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts” 2020 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) 24-26 September, 2020 Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain la-Neuve, Belgium Deadline for submissions: 1 May, 2020 The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) invites you to submit proposals for…

Religious dimensions of nationalism: Interdisciplinary perspectives 26-28 November 2020: Call for Papers!

Nationalism and religion have intertwined closely over the past two centuries. Indeed, nationalism can easily be associated with the ideas of “political religion”, charismatic leadership, forms of prophetism, messianism, millennialism and more generally with mysticism, esotericism and alternative spirituality. The old religious concept of a divine covenant with an “chosen people” takes on new forms in…

Comenius and Pansofia: Search for System, Method and Harmony of all things

Call for Papers for the international conference to commemorate Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670) and the 350th anniversary of his death Naarden/Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 – 15 November 2020 Pansophia was one of the leading principles – if not the most important one – in the work of Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670). But the idea of pansophia represented much broader intellectual current…

Summer course Visions of the Occult is cancelled

All programmes organised by the Graduate School of Social Science, including the program of HHP,  are cancelled for summer 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Visions of the occult: Introduction to Western Esotericism See this page for more information.

Miniconference Religionism and Historicism

Religionism and Historicism Miniconference: 23 & 24 January 2020, with students of the Master Program Study of Religion: Western Esotericism University of Amsterdam, Universiteitstheater For the program, click here