Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Winter School
Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism

(Foto: Ilsoo van Dijk)

In January 2023 the HHP Centre will be part of the Winter School programme at the University of Amsterdam, organised by the Graduate School of Social Science and will be held online.

Dates: Monday 16 January – Friday 27 January 2023

Monday 12 December 2022 is the final date to apply.

If you’re interested in scholarly inquiry into the esoteric and the occult, but don’t know where to start, then this programme is ideal for you. Participants from diverse backgrounds from around the world will join us online to study these topics in depth, and introduce each other to varying perspectives, while also locating esotericism within a historical and contemporary scholarly tradition. 

Our investigation into representations of the esoteric and the occult will go beyond the written word to include film, music, and graphic novels, as we explore together the important movements in esotericism in the past and reflect on how it manifests itself today, in the present.

For updates, check out the links below.

History of Hermetic Philosophy Amsterdam

Winter School Visions of the Occult: Introduction to (Western) Esotericism

The goal of this course is to offer an introductory overview of the study of esotericism as a discipline both historically and in the present. In this two-week online winter course, we will investigate the key thematic aspects of Western esotericism, as they have manifested themselves historically within currents such as Hermeticism, gnosticism, astrology, alchemy, magic, to name but a few. 

Some pictures of the 2022 Summer course:


Feedback of students:

“Every teacher brought their heart and soul to every lecture—what a gift!”
                   “This course has greatly exceeded my expectations in terms of giving me a scholarly background in esotericism”
  “The readings were very useful and relevant to the classes”
                   “There is an attitude of mutual respect in the department and the enthusiasm was infectious”
“We need more lectures by Christian Greer and Mriganka Mukhopadhyay”
                   “I learned so much in these three weeks that I haven’t learned in the three years of my undergraduate course”e

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