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En esta sección compartimos eventos académicos sobre el "western esotericism" ya efectuados (últimos dos años)


CEENASWE III - Central and Eastern European Network
for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism,
Third international colloquium: "Esotericism-Inspired artistic vision in central and eastern Europe"
University of Szeged, November 16-17, 2018


Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, 
Meeting "Alchemy and print culture"
Room 728, UCL Institute of Education, 
30th June 2018


10.00: Registration.

10.30-11.30: Didier Kahn (CNRS/Université Paris-Sorbonne): “Willem Silvius and the publication of Denis Zecaire and Bernardus Trevisanus in the context of the sixteenth-century alchemical publishing movement.”

11.30-12.30: Peter J. Forshaw (University of Amsterdam): “Arcana Illustrata: Early Modern Alchemical Image Cycles in Print.”

12.30-13.00: SHAC Annual General Meeting.

13.00-14.30: Lunch break. 

14.30-15.30: Jennifer M. Rampling (Princeton): “From Script to Print, and Back Again: The Making of Elias Ashmole’s Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum (1652).”

15.30-16.30: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): “E bibliotheca nostra Typographis: the Nuremberg printer Johannes Petreius and the promotion of alchemy.”

16.30: Meeting ends.

The meeting fee is £10 for SHAC and Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Group Members, otherwise £15. Further information and a registration form can be found at 


Sent on behalf of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry by Dr Anna Simmons, Honorary Secretary.


Central European University
Budapest, Hungary
Course "The Dignity of Man in Western Intellectual History, Esotericism, and Art"
24 June - 29 June, 2018

The ambition of humans to elevate themselves beyond their natural means and to acquire transcendental insight and power is as ancient as our cultural history. The goal of this course is to highlight some aspects of this ambition that are related to Western Esotericism, thus to provide a solid picture of some key phenomena of mysticism, magic, and occult trends in intellectual history. Special attention will be paid to the historical period of late Antiquity to the early modern, as well as the post-Romanticism era. The topics of esotericism discussed in the course relate to cultural history, art history, film studies, and religious studies tracing the Judeo-Christian heritage. The learning outcome should be the acquisition of methodological tools in order to approach and assess the highlighted phenomena in a reliable scholarly way: close reading of texts; interpretation of images and films; placing cultural representations in social and historical contexts. 

Course Director(s)

Gyorgy Endre Szonyi

English Department, University of Szeged/Department of History and Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Carsten Wilke

Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Course Faculty: 

Brian Copenhaver

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of California in Los Angeles, USA

Moshe Idel

Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Urszula Szulakowska

formerly at Leeds University, UK

Guest Speaker(s): 

Dora Bobory

Independent scholar

Julia Gyimesi

Department of Educational Psychology, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest, Hungary

More information:


European Network for the Study of 
Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE)
International Conference "Common and comparative esotercisms: Western, Islamic and Jewish",
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Island, Venice, Italy (12-14 June 2018)

Fondazione Giorgio Cini in collaboration with the Centre d’ Études  Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques (CETOBaC - EHESS) will host the inaugural conference of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) to be held on San Giorgio Island, Venice, on 12-14 June 2018.

Over recent decades, Western Esotericism has become ever more accepted as a field of study, established by the work of scholars such as Antoine Faivre and Wouter Hanegraaff. Questions remain, however, over to what extent “Western” Esotericism is actually Western. The Christian Kabbalah, for example, is clearly an important part of  Western Esotericism, but what of the mainstream Jewish Kabbalah? And what of Islamic esotericism? In contrast to Western Esotericism (written with two capital letters), Islamic esotericism (with only one capital letter) is not an established field of study. The term “esotericism” is rarely used, save sometimes with reference to Ismaili theology, and in the writings of members of the Traditionalist school, a Western intellectual movement that inhabits the academy but has origins in Western Esotericism. Islamic phenomena that would be considered “esoteric” in a Western context are certainly studied, but they are generally understood in other terms, or even in isolation.  Again in contrast to Western Esotericism, the question of to what extent “Islamic” esotericism is Islamic has been asked, though in slightly different terms. During the nineteenth century, the Antique and Christian origins of Sufism were often explored. In reaction to this, and also as a reflection of critiques of Orientalism famously articulated by Edward Said, much twentieth-century scholarship emphasized the Islamic origins of Sufism, as for example in the work of Henry Corbin. A parallel development was increasing emphasis on the Jewish origins of the Kabbalah, for example in the work of Gershom Scholem.  The conference will explore the relationship between Western, Islamic, and Jewish esotericism in both historical and contemporary contexts. It will help answer the topical question of to what extent Western Esotericism is Western, and reopen the old question of the extent to which Islamic esotericism is Islamic. It will further bring Jewish esotericism into the discussion, importantly given the long history of Judaism in both  Western and Muslim worlds. The conference will thus contribute to understandings of phenomena within each of the three main monotheistic traditions, to understanding the relationships between them, and to the theoretical development of our understanding of esotericism in general, drawing on and developing recent work on Western Esotericism.

Proposals are therefore invited for papers dealing with any aspect of relations between Western, Islamic, and Jewish esotericism. At least two traditions must be considered, i.e. papers dealing with esotericism within only one tradition will not be accepted. Antique and Hellenistic esotericism will be treated as part of Western Esotericism, so that papers dealing with relations between  Antique or Hellenistic esotericism and Islamic or Jewish esotericism will be welcome, but papers dealing with relations between Antique or Hellenistic esotericism and Christian esotericism will not be accepted.

Abstracts and texts.

Paper proposals of 300 to 500 words, accompanied by a CV, should be submitted in English by 5 th March to: ensie2018@cini.it  We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers and established academics.


The Cini Foundation will provide accommodation on San Giorgio Island, coffee breaks and lunches for all participants. Participants will arrange and pay for their own transportation, and will be requested to donate to the Cini Foundation Library Civiltà e Spiritualità Comparate one book related to religious studies they authored or in which they have participated. Extra funding may be available to cover the travel expenses of a limited number of junior scholars who cannot obtain funding from their own institutions. If extra funding is needed, please indicate this in the email with which you submit your abstract.

For further information, please contact: ensie2018@cini.it 


Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Conference "Consciously Illicit - Transgression in Western Esotericism"
6-7 June 2018

On the 6-7 June 2018 the Faculty of Arts, Religious Studies Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic will organize a conference on the topic of Western Esotericism. The title is “Consciously Illicit: Transgression in Western Esotericism”. The themes of the conference will address the breaking of taboos and the transgression of social and religious boundaries by part of dissident groups and individuals within the field of Western Esotericism. This will include researching their practices, beliefs, traditions, self-perception and how they relate and conflict with societal and religious norms. Finally, it will also address the interpretations of taboo violation in relation to the various historical eras.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2018

For more information please visit: http://religionistika.phil.muni.cz/consciously-illicit/


Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE).
Seventh International North American
Conference on Esotericism
"Eros, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Esoteric Traditions"
Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.
May 24-27, 2018

Plenary Speakers:

Angelic Love: Swedenborgian Bodies in Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove
Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Amy Hollywood’s work has explored the place of mysticism (or “enthusiasm”) in relation to philosophy, psychoanalysis, and theories of gender, along the span of Christian history from medieval to contemporary. She is co-editor, with Patricia Beckman, of the Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012), and author of The Soul as Virgin Wife: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Marguerite Porete, and Meister Eckhart (1995), Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History (2002), and Acute Melancholia and Other Essays: Mysticism, History, and the Study of Religion (2016).

Sacred Sexuality in Some Contemporary Esoteric Groups: From Early Twentieth Century Origins to MISA
Massimo Introvigne, Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), Torino, Italy

Massimo Introvigne is an Italian sociologist and director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), an international network of scholars who study new religious movements.  His academic interests encompass a broad array of religions and new religious movements and their influence on popular culture. His numerous groundbreaking publications have appeared in Italian and French as well English. Books include Il ritorno dello gnosticismo (1993), Les Mormons (1996), The Unification Church (2000) and most recently in English Satanism: A Social History (2016)

Eros and the Future of the Esoteric Humanities
Arthur Versluis, Michigan State University

Arthur Versluis is professor and Chair of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. A key player in the development of Esotericism as an academic field in North America, he founded the Association for the Study of Esotericism in 2002 and remains a driving force in the organization. He has published extensively on Theosophy and American Transcendentalism. His books include American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions (1993), The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance (2001), Restoring Paradise: Western Esotericism, Literature, and Consciousness (2004) and American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion (2014).


Here’s the link to conference registration for the Association for the Study of Esotericism [ASE] 2018 Conference at Rice University.


We look forward to seeing you at Rice University in Houston, Texas!


The ASE membership page is here: https://aseweb.wildapricot.org/join-us

To join ASE, you’ll need to follow the above link: the conference registration does not include ASE membership.

The conference will explore the theme “Eros, Sexuality, and Embodiment in Esoteric Traditions.” Esoteric writings offer a range of possibilities for investigating both literal and figurative erotic and sexual configurations, from the allegorical couplings of alchemy, to the practices of Valentinian Gnosticism, to descriptions of angelic sex in Ida Craddock.  Connectedly, esoteric thinkers have described numerous unusual ways to embodiment, from phenomena of divine possession, to the making of magical children, to golems and animated statues.

Association for the Study of Esotericism


The Eighth Annual Conference of the Israeli Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism (INASWE)
-Mandel Scholion Research Center - Mt. Scopus Campus -Hebrew University in Jerusalem
May 30, 2018

Western Esotericism and the Concept of God(s) 
Organizing and Scientific Committee
Dr. Judith Weiss (Mandel Scholion Research Center, HUJI); Prof. Boaz Huss (Ben-Gurion University), Dr. J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (University of Haifa); Prof. Yuval Harari (Ben-Gurion University); Prof. Jonatan Meir (Ben-Gurion University)   
Western esoteric thought seeks to reveal the secrets by which the world has been formed and the principles by which it is conducted. As such, it has much in common with two other central western discursive systems, namely – religious thought and science. Questions regarding the interrelations and boundaries among the three, from ancient to modern times, have been critically studied by various scholars. In the coming INASWE conference, to be held on May 30, 2018, at the Mandel Scholion Research Center on the Mt. Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, we wish to tackle the question of interrelations between western esoteric concepts and one of the central concepts of western (and non-western) religious thought, namely – the concept of God (or Gods). This eighth INASWE conference will focus on the ways in which the fundamental and highly compelling concept of God(s) can be seen as interrelating with various ideas appearing in western esoteric thought. This could also raise discussions of adjoining issues, such as: western esotericism and early modern thought; western esotericism between east and west; Christian, Jewish, Converso, and Muslim thought within western esotericism; Pantheon, Pleroma, Trinity and other divine structures in Western Esoteric thought; divine psychology, etc. We welcome specific case studies as well as more theoretical discussions of these and related subjects.  
Proposals of lectures must be submitted by 15 /1/2018 to: judith.weiss@mail.huji.ac.il


École pratique des hautes Études
XXXIIIe colloque international
"Franc-maçonnerie, ésotérisme et politique: 
300 ans d’histoire"
Samedi 2 décembre 2017

Programme :

9 heures 15

Jean Marie Mercier :« Franc-maçonnerie et “politique” éditoriale dans la première partie du XVIIIe siècle ».
Pierre Lachkareff: « La Franc-maçonnerie puissance indéfinissable ? Un regard romanesque : La Révolution de Robert Margerit».
Paul Paoloni : «Aspects ‎ésotériques de la première Maçonnerie dans les Îles Britanniques».

14 heures 30

Thierry Zarcone : «Francs-maçons et illuminés face à l’inquisition dans l’Avignon pontificale».
Gian Mario Cazzaniga: «Les origines de la franc-maçonnerie moderne entre révélation primitive et noachisme ».
André Combes : «Franc-maçonnerie et vie politique en France du XVIIIe au XXe siècle».

Pour tout renseignement : politicahermetica@gmail.com