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WHAT IS WESTERN ESOTERICISM?

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CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH

An international research team specializing in Western esotericism from antiquity to the present.Learn about our research

A UNIQUE STUDY PROGRAM IN WESTERN ESOTERICISM

A vibrant student community in the heart of Amsterdam

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THE TRANSNATIONAL RECEPTION OF JACOB BOEHME AND HIS THOUGHT – Call for Papers

Call for Papers – THE TRANSNATIONAL RECEPTION OF JACOB BOEHME AND HIS THOUGHT In 2017 the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) in Germany presented an exhibition on the thought of the mystical philosopher Jacob Boehme. From 25 August – 19 November 2017 around 30,000 people visited the exhibition, and many more learned about Boehme’s philosophy through…

Exhibition: Spellbound

Spellbinding stories, fascinating objects… Explore the history of magic over eight centuries in this immersive and thought-provoking exhibition. The intriguing objects on display show how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them. They range from the fantastical and macabre (a unicorn’s horn, a human heart encased in lead), the beautiful…

Occult South Asia Workshop

Occult South Asia: From the 19th to the 21st Century. 23-24 November 2018 History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP), along with the Department of Religious Studies (University of Vienna), will be sponsoring a workshop on Occult South Asia to be held in Vienna in November 2018. This academic event will be the first…
ESSWE conference 2019

7th Biannual Conference ESSWE

7th Biannual Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States 2-4 July 2019 The deadline for the Call for Papers for the ESSWE7, to be held at the University of Amsterdam has been extended! The final deadline is now 1 November 2018. This…

Lecture: Victorian Occult Enlightenment

Mabel Collins, H.P. Blavatsky, and the Luciferian Public Sphere                           Dr. Christine Ferguson University of Glasgow Thursday, March 19th at 17:00 Bungehuis 0.04 Spuistraat 210 The abstract can be downloaded here

The Esoteric Space of Ideas: Spiritual Materialism in Deleuze and the Early Avant-Garde

Lecture by Joshua Ramey, the author of “The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal” (Duke University Press, 2012) 27 June 2014, 14:00 Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam, Nina van Leerzaal, Oude Turfmarkt 127 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Abstract: In his 1968 work of experimental metaphysics, Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze articulated a theory of ideas, and a related theory of thought,…

SHAC Postgraduate Workshop: Geographies of Alchemy and Chemistry

Datum: October 24, 2014 For the first time, the annual postgraduate workshop of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) will take place outside the United Kingdom, at the University of Amsterdam. The workshop offers postgraduate students and early-career researchers the opportunity to share ideas, explore methodological issues and network in a…