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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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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…
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 programme is now available! Surf to the programme page. For registration surf to our registration page. This Conference also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the  History of Hermetic…

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…

Western Esotericism and Its Scholars

Western Esotericism and Its Scholars A Research Seminar by students in the Master Program “Western Esotericism” of the University of Amsterdam Time: 31 January 2014 Location: Universiteitstheater, Room 1.01A Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18, 1012 CP Amsterdam FREE ENTRANCE!!!!! Read the full program here 

Conference: Looking through the occult

Looking Through the Occult: Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the 19th Century online at http://www.culture.hu-berlin.de/occult/ November 14 & 15, Humboldt University of Berlin, Main Building (Hauptgebäude), Unter den Linden 6—Room 2103 AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *pre-register by writing to bernard.geoghegan@hu-berlin.de* In recent years the history of science has cast new…