Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Summer School
Arcane Worlds: New Frontiers in the Study of Esotericism

In the summer of 2022 the HHP Centre will be part of the Summer School programme at the University of Amsterdam, organised by the Graduate School of Social Science.
Dates: 10 – 28 July 2022

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In the winter of 2021, the HHP Centre launched its intensive seminar, Visions of the Occult. This two-week course offers students at every level (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate), and non-students alike, a broad survey of the fundamental elements of Western esotericism. It is hosted every winter and summer, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Science. The course is currently being offered online; however, that may change in the future. For updates, check out the links below.

History of Hermetic Philosophy Amsterdam

Summer School Arcane Worlds: New Frontiers in the Study of Esotericism.

Western Esotericism has long been neglected by academic research as a subject unworthy of serious consideration. However, it has been and still is one of the most significant components of Western culture. The fact that it has been often marginalized, or even persecuted at times, does not mean that it has been historically irrelevant, quite the contrary. Many major authors and movements in literature, the arts, philosophy, and science have been influenced or inspired by it.

The goal of this course is to dive deeper into the study of esotericism. In this three-week summer course, you will study in-person with some of the most respected academics in the fields of esotericism, alchemy, gnosticism, art and occultism, conspiracy theories, the New Age, and psychedelic culture. During classes, students will make use of primary sources, as well as secondary literature that clarify the way in which esoteric ideas have circulated and continue to circulate in both mainstream culture and more marginal contexts. This program is offered in cooperation with the Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, the world’s leading institute for academic research and teaching in the field of (western) esotericism, located at the University of Amsterdam.

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