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What’s new in the world of esotericism research

Lecture: Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism

Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism On May 11, 16:00-17:30, Dr. Manon Hedenborg White (University of Amsterdam/Södertörn University) will be giving an open lecture in the context of the RMA seminar Current Issues in Religious Studies and Western Esotericism, entitled “Scarlet Women: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Western Esotericism”. This talk will…

OSAN (Occult South Asia Network) organises a panel in the 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS), Vienna, Austria; new dates: from 26 to 29 July 2021

  The 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) will take place from 26 to 29 July 2021. Mriganka Mukhopadhyay and Karl Baier are presenting a panel in the 26th ECSAS conference: Occult South Asia: Rethinking the History of Modern South Asian Religions and Spiritualities through the Lens of Esotericism Research and vice versa….

International Workshop “Religious Drugs”

Workshop Religious Drugs at the Masaryk University Brno The Department for the Study of Religions of Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic and the Czech Association for the Study of Religions is organising the workshop “Religious Drugs” on 28-29 February 2020, where new ideas for research will be discussed, investigated and proposed. Confirmed Keyspeaker: Wouter J….

“Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”

“Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts” 2020 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) 24-26 September, 2020 Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain la-Neuve, Belgium Deadline for submissions: 1 May, 2020 The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) invites you to submit proposals for its 2020 meeting….

Religious dimensions of nationalism: Interdisciplinary perspectives 17-19 June 2021

Nationalism and religion have intertwined closely over the past two centuries. Indeed, nationalism can easily be associated with the ideas of “political religion”, charismatic leadership, forms of prophetism, messianism, millennialism and more generally with mysticism, esotericism and alternative spirituality. The old religious concept of a divine covenant with an “chosen people” takes on new forms in…

New date 18-20 November 2021: Comenius and Pansofia: Search for System, Method and Harmony of all things

The international conference to commemorate Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670) and the 350th anniversary of his death Comeniusmuseum Naarden/Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The conference will take place on 18 –  20 November 2021. Pansophia was one of the leading principles – if not the most important one – in the work of Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670). But the idea…

Miniconference Religionism and Historicism

Religionism and Historicism Miniconference: 23 & 24 January 2020, with students of the Master Program Study of Religion: Western Esotericism University of Amsterdam, Universiteitstheater For the program, click here

Vossius Seminar 4 February 2020

At the next Vossius Seminar Juan Bubello (University of Buenos Aires) and Stephen Clucas (Birbeck, University of London) will present their research. Juan Bubello: “Alchemy, politics and power in the Spain of Felipe II. Persecutions and resistances” and Stephen Clucas: “Whose disciplines are we between? The case of John Dee’s Mathematicall Praeface (1570)”. The seminar…

ESOGEN Workshop – Esotericism, Gender, and Sexuality

*A new date is set for this workshop: 16th of April 2021. The event may have to be moved online if need be; this will be announced on or before March 1, 2021* The “ESOGEN Workshop: Esotericism, Gender, and Sexuality” will feature a keynote lecture by Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling) The call for…