Marco graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan (1994). He then obtained his PhD in Religious Studies, specializing in the History of Western Esotericism under the supervision of Antoine Faivre at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris (2004).
He has been a Frances Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute, a Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) and at the Max Weber Kolleg (University of Erfurt), and has been a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, at the University of Cagliari, and at the University of Turin. He has been the General Secretary of the European Association for the Study of Religions (2014-2019) and the Co-Chair of the Western Esotericism Group at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). He is currently the Chief Editor of the Aries Book Series (Brill).
Mriganka was born in Kolkata in 1990. He pursued BA (honours) in History from Kolkata’s erstwhile Presidency College (2012) and completed his MA in History from Presidency University (2014) where he was awarded with a gold medal for coming first in his batch.
He then pursued MPhil from Ambedkar University Delhi (2017) where he wrote a dissertation on the history of the Bengal Theosophical Society and Bengali intellectual elites’ interest on esotericism.
His academic interests include history of the Theosophical Society in colonial India and the activities of Indian theosophists in that period.
In the PhD project his particular focus is on the theosophical movement in Bengal. He examines how theosophical ideas disseminated in Bengal and influenced it’s social, political, religious and cultural life in the 19th and 20th centuries.
John holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Research MA in Religious Studies (Western Esotericism) from the University of Amsterdam where he focused on Jewish esotericism. His RMA thesis titled “Abraham Abulafia and the Academy: A Reevaluation” was supervised by Peter Forshaw and Wouter Hanegraaff. Primary research interests include: alchemy, altered states of consciousness and the reception of prophetic and Lurianic Kabbalah within western esotericism.
Hedvig Martin is a PhD candidate at the HHP Centre with a project on the Swedish occult painter Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), funded by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefits. She has an RMA in History from Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden, with the thesis “Hilma af Klint and The Five 1896-1907” (2018). Related research interests include art history and occultism in fin-de-siecle Europe, Western esotericism in Sweden, and altered states of consciousness and its neuropsychology.
Giulio Dalla Grana is a PhD student at the HHP Center.
Giulio is pursuing a joint-Ph.D. with the University of Turin (Department of Historical Studies) and the University of Amsterdam (Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents). In 2019, he graduated in Political Sciences and International Studies in a double-degree program between the University of Padua and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. His research interests are mainly focused on the relations between political power and religious authority on the one hand, and on the influence of esoteric traditions on political and religious thought on the other. His doctoral project will have a duration of three years, from October 2020 to December 2023. The project is funded by the University of Turin. His doctoral research is devoted to the Polish mystic Andrzej Towiański (1799-1878) and his Italian disciples. The project investigates the reception of Towiański’s religious doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church, and the socio-political contribution of the Italian Towianists in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Ninian Nijhuis obtained a Cum Laude Master Degree at the HHP Centre.
Ninian L. Nijhuis obtained a Cum Laude Research Master degree in Religious Studies with the HHP Centre at the university of Amsterdam in 2021. Ninian also holds a BA in Law and a MA in Public International Law from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Ninian’s main focus is on Western Esotericism and her key fields of interest are the works and psychology of Carl G. Jung, sidereal astrology, mysticism and the interactions between spirituality and science.
She is responsible for the HHP Centre’s social media presence since 2019. Since her graduation in 2021, Ninian has been furthering her research independently and works as a sidereal astrologer and a coach. Furthermore, she has started training to become an Jungian Psychoanalyst with the NAAP and has been awarded an honorarium by the Trustees of the Kristine Mann Library for her proposal The Idea of Sacrifice in the Black Books of Carl G. Jung.
Moreover, Ninian’s RMA thesis, titled Madness and Divine Madness: The Black Books of Carl G. Jung, will be added to the Kristine Mann Library.
Antoinette Rutten is the secretary of the HHP Centre.
Antoinette studied Old Greek and Latin at the University of Amsterdam; after the bacchelor she switched to Ancient History, Papyrology and Swedish. However, after finishing her studies she finally realised that she didn’t want to be a teacher or scholar, instead she became a secretary.
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