The HHP Centre is part of a broad international network dedicated to establishing the academic study of esotericism. On this page you will find links to the most important scholarly societies, networks, and university departments that collaborate in this enterprise. If you are in charge of an esotericism-related university program that is not listed here, or involved with administering a new scholarly society or network, please contact us. Then we will consider putting it on our website.
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)
The ESSWE was founded in 2005, and is currently the largest international society dedicated to advancing the academic study of esotericism. The biannual ESSWE conference is the most important event in our field in Europe. The journal Aries and the “Aries Book Series” are both published under the auspices of ESSWE. Although the organization is based in Europe, its membership is open to individuals from all countries, and a substantial number of scholars from North America and other parts of the world participate in its major events.
Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE)
The ASE was created in 2002 during a conference at Michigan State University, with the mission to “promote excellence in scholarship and teaching in the study of esotericism and mysticism.” It arranges conferences on esotericism in North America. It is the most important scholarly organization in our field currently active in North America.
CESNUR (Centre for Studies on New Religions) is the largest international network for the study of new religious movements, new age, and contemporary spirituality. Based in Torino, Italy, it hosts a substantial library and organizes large international conferences on NRMs and contemporary religion every year.
The Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism (ASEM) is the foremost scholarly society in our field in Russia. Besides bringing together scholars active in the Russian language sphere and networking with the ESSWE, it hosts workshops and international conferences.
Founded in 1994, Societas Magica is a scholarly society dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of magic. It publishes a newsletter twice each year and has occasionally organized conferences and workshops. This organization is of great importance to esotericism specialists researching ritual and ceremonial magic, in any period.