Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

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Faculty of Humanities
University of Amsterdam

Scientific Committee

Who is who

Egil Asprem is Associate Professor of the History of Religions at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions, and Gender Studies, Stockholm University.

Christine Ferguson is Professor in English Literature at the University of Stirling, where her research focuses on the entwined histories of the literary gothic and modern occultism.

Peter J. Forshaw  is Associate Professor in History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period at the University of Amsterdam.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past President of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.

Julian Strube is a visiting scholar in History and Religious Studies at the University of Heidelberg.


Keynote speakers

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Prof. Karl Baier

Karl Baier is Associate Professor and, since 2013, head of the Department of Religious Studies.

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Prof. Sonu Shamdasani

Sonu Shamdasani is a London-based author, editor, and professor at University College London.

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Prof. Yulia Ustinova

My research focuses on ancient Greek religion and its role within the society.


  • History of Hermetic Philosophy