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Antoine Faivre remembered

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Antoine Faivre, the foundational pioneer of Western esotericism as an international field of academic research. He died in Paris on December 19, at the age of 87. Originally trained as a Germanist, Faivre published large and essential monographs about eighteenth-century Illuminism and Christian…

15 December 2021: online lecture: Aeons, Fullnesses, and Lesser Gods

Inaugural talk by Dylan Burns and Gerorge Karamanolis: Aeons, Fullnesses, and Lesser Gods In the new webinar: Les Platonismes de l’Antiquité tardive: interactions philosophiques et religieuses (Platonisms of Late Antiquity: Philosophical and Religious Interactions)! The online inaugural talk will take place on wednesday 15 December at 18:15: “Aeons, Fullnesses, and Lesser Gods,” delivered by Dr….

Colloque International “Politica Hermetica” 4 December 2021

On 4 December 2021 Institut national d’histoire de l’art will hold it’s 37th Colloque international: “Politica Hermetica – Art, ésotérisme et politique” in Paris. Institut national d’histoire de l’art 2, rue Vivienne et 6, rue des Petits-Champs 75002 Paris Auditorium  Programme : 9 heures • Dany Savelli : « Représentation et auto-représentation du gourou en…

Visit our Master’s Open Day 9 November!

Looking for the next step after your Bachelor’s? Come to the next UvA Master’s Day on 9 November and discover our interesting Master’s Programmes! The Master’s programmes of History of Hermetic Philosophy are part of Religious Studies and will be presented during the Master’s Week of the Faculty of Humanities. You can now register for…

8th Biennial Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), 5-7 July 2022

We are happy to announce that ESSWE 8 will take place 5-7 July 2022, hosted by the Study of Religions Department at University College Cork. The confirmed keynotes are: -Dr Marco Pasi, associate professor, University of Amsterdam, Department of Humanities, “The Occulture of Contemporary Art” -Dr Christopher Webster, Senior Lecturer, Aberystwyth University, “Stone, Symbol and…

27-29 September the 4th CEENASWE conference – OCCULTISM AND POLITICS IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE

Since the nineteenth century, East-Central Europe has experienced rapid social, political, and economic changes, which caused transformation and transformations in local societies. Rising nationalism culminating in the Revolutionary year 1848, echoes of the Romantic movement, ongoing industrialisation, First World War, the emergence of national states and disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, later followed by the…

29 September – 1 October: ENSIE 3: 2021 Meeting “Islam and Esotericism”

Between 29 September-1 October ENSIE 3, the  2021 Meeting of The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) “Islam and Esotericism: Societies, Politics, and Practice” will be held on Zoom. ENSIE invites proposals for the meeting; especially proposals from sociologists and anthropologists, as well as other scholars. The chronological scope stretches from medieval…

29 July 2021: online lecture Peter Forshaw

Early Alchemical Image Sequences and the Golden Age of Emblematic Alchemy On 29 July, between 1 PM and 2 PM, Peter Forshaw, Associate Professor at HHP, will give a lecture in the Summer School Program of The Allard Pierson. Tickets: € 5,- One of the best-known Rosicrucian publications is the Chymische Hochzeit or Chemical Wedding, published in…

8 July 2021 Guest Lecture: Joel Bordeaux

Taking the Left Hand Path to Tibet: Traditionalism, Tantric Buddhism, and the Question of Conversion in a Post Satanist Milieu Join us for a livestream lecture featuring Dr. Joel Bordeaux, research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University. This is a hybrid event partially taking place on site in Amsterdam organized…