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29 July 2021: online lecture Peter Forshaw

Early Alchemical Image Sequences and the Golden Age of Emblematic Alchemy On 29 July, between 1 PM and 2 PM, Peter Forshaw, Associate Professor at HHP, will give a lecture in the Summer School Program of The Allard Pierson. Tickets: € 5,- One of the best-known Rosicrucian publications is the Chymische Hochzeit or Chemical Wedding, published in…

8 July 2021 Guest Lecture: Joel Bordeaux

Taking the Left Hand Path to Tibet: Traditionalism, Tantric Buddhism, and the Question of Conversion in a Post Satanist Milieu Join us for a livestream lecture featuring Dr. Joel Bordeaux, research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University. This is a hybrid event partially taking place on site in Amsterdam organized…

Swedenborg’s Prism: Applications of Swedenborgian Spirituality – April 2022

Two day interdisciplinary seminar: Swedenborg’s Prism: Applications of Swedenborgian Spirituality This seminar invites scholars to explore the many prismatic intersections between Emanuel Swedenborg’s paradigm of spirituality and spiritual movements, thought, and applications. Swedenborg’s contribution to spirituality has captured the attention of many important thinkers since his writings first revealed his contact with the spirit world…

6 June 2021: Live Online Zoom Lecture by Dr. Manon Hedenborg White

The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Dr. Manon Hedenborg White’s book The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism focuses on the changing construction of femininity and feminine sexuality in interpretations of…

17-18 June online: Jung Graduate Symposium

On 17- 18 June 2021 an online symposium is created by and for graduate students researching all things Jungian, and who are looking to expand their academic network, gain experience and meet potential PhD supervisors. Image on homepage: Artwork by Carl Jung One of the organisers is Ninian Nijhuis, RMA student at the HHP Centre;…

18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions

18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions; Pisa, 30 August – 3 September 2021 RESILIENT RELIGION Resilience can be considered as the ability to counteract or absorb a process of transformation. It is also characterized by a capacity to endure changes without having to adapt permanently, an ability to find…

International Congress: Western Esoteriscim in and from Latin America

From 9 – 11 August 2021 the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Union of South American Nations (Centro de Estudios sobre el Esoterismo Occidental -CEEO-UNASUR) organizes an online international congress: Western Esoteriscim in and from Latin America. In august 2011, the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Union…

Reading Group: Occult Sciences and Esoteric Traditions

This reading group is held at the Warburg Institute. In this class texts written in Arabic or Latin (especially texts which were translated from Arabic into Latin) on all branches of the occult sciences and esoteric traditions are read, translated and commented on; talismans and ceremonial magic, divination, alchemy, astrology, science of letters etc. A…