Próximos Eventos

En esta sección compartimos con la comunidad académica internacional de especialistas, los próximos eventos internacionales vinculados al estudio del western esotericism.



University of Tampere, Finland
Second international Edges of Freemasonry 
Conference "Lived esotericism and the western modernity"
30 August – 1 September, 2019.

University of Tampere will be hosting a second international Edges of Freemasonry conference on 30 August – 1 September, 2019. This three-day event focuses on the history of Western esotericism. It aims to study the long-lasting process of Western modernisation – starting roughly from the 17th and 18th centuries and ending somewhat to the present day – by exploring fields of esoteric and masonic traditions as well as other heterodox spiritualities. The conference brings together scholars from various scientific disciplines, but will also be open for students and post-graduate students as well as for general public.

The main organiser of the event is University of Tampere Faculty of Social Sciences/History Programme in association with Research Lodge Minerva No. 27 of the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Finland. Edges of Freemasonry II: Lived Esotericism and the Western Modernity will be a continuation of the first Edges of Freemasonry conference, which was held at the University of Tampere in 2012.

The organisers have the honor to announce that the keynote speakers of the 2019 conference are Professor Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Professor Egil Asprem (University of Stockholm), Fabio Venzi (Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy) and Architect Msc. Antti Talvitie (Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Finland, Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland). Keynote speakers have published extensively on history of modern Western esoteric and occult ideas as well as on history of Freemasonry.

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 ESSWE7 - 7th Biannual Conference of the 
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.
"Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States"
University of Amsterdam
2-4 July 2019

Call for papers:
The history of Western esotericism from antiquity to the present is filled with reports of unusual and sometimes spectacular experiences that are claimed to convey higher, deeper, or even absolute knowledge about the true nature of reality. Some typical examples are the many references to direct supra-rational gnosis, ecstatic experiences, and states of divine manía (madness or frenzy) or possession from antiquity to the present; visionary travels to other places, other worlds, or other levels of reality, as well as to past or future periods and events; visionary encounters with intermediary beings (for instance angels, demons, spirits, elementals, ascended masters, divinities); the hearing of inner voices, receiving or “channeling” of spiritual messages, and communication with disembodied entities; and ineffable experiences (for instance apophatic unity) that are difficult or impossible to express through normal discursive language. Common to all such reports is that they fall within the general phenomenology of human consciousness and seem to require some kind of modification or alteration of the normal or average mental states that allow us to negotiate consensus reality. All this makes the experiential dimension of Western esotericism (in both its historical and its contemporary social manifestations) extremely relevant to academic disciplines such as cognitive studies, consciousness research, psychology, or psychiatry. ESSWE7 will be the first major international conference to bring these perspectives in conversation with one another in the context of the study of Western esotericism.

On the level of the humanities and the social sciences, we hope that the conference will provide participants with an ideal opportunity for learning about the phenomenology of unusual experiences across the entire historical spectrum of Western esotericism from antiquity to the present. Here the emphasis will be on empirical research and specialist knowledge about specific historical and contemporary cases. Furthermore, on the level of the study of consciousness, we hope to explore larger and more theoretical questions concerning such topics as the taxonomy and etiology of altered states, their neurobiological foundations, or their relevance to wider concerns such as cognitive functioning or mental health. Here the emphasis will be on how such approaches may help us understand and even explain the rich record of historical and empirical materials central to Western esotericism and, conversely, how these can serve as case studies for the study of consciousness more in general.

ESSWE7 will also be an occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP) at the University of Amsterdam.

Keynote lectures
Prof. Yulia Ustinova (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Prof. Karl Baier (University of Vienna, Austria)
Prof. Sonu Shamdasani (University College London, United Kingdom)

Call for Papers / Sessions
The academic ambitions for this conference are high. While we are aiming for a large and inclusive conference, paper and session proposals will go through a careful selection procedure so as to make sure that the final program will have a sharp focus on the conference theme. We encourage creative and innovative thinking across disciplines combined with deep analysis of specific contexts, materials, sources, or topics. As the ESSWE wants to provide a podium for intensive contact and exchange between scholars on all levels of the academy, graduate and post-graduate students as well as more experienced or established scholars are all encouraged to participate and submit proposals for papers. We are confident that ESSWE7 will be a foundational event for a budding new field of research that has considerable potential for the future.

Each conference session will have a length of 120 minutes, providing room for 4 papers.
Paper presentations should have a length of 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes room for discussion.
Conference language: English.
Please send your paper or session proposal to
Before doing so, please have a look at the submission guidelines.

Important dates
Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals: 1 October 2018
Notification of acceptance and beginning of registration: 15 January 2019
Early bird conference fee: 15 January 2019
Normal conference fee: 1 April to 25 June 2019

Conference bursaries
The ESSWE provides a limited number of travel bursaries for participants from economically disadvantaged countries. For further information, see

Organizational team
Peter J. Forshaw, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, John MacMurphy, Mriganka Mukhopadhyay, Marco Pasi. Secretarial assistance: Nadine Faber / Antoinette Rutten.

Scientific Committee
Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Egil Asprem, Christine Ferguson, Peter J. Forshaw, Julian Strube.

ESSWE7 will take place in the old center of Amsterdam. 
All parallel sessions will be in the Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam. 
Keynote lectures will be in the Trippenhuis (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences), Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is a very busy tourist city, so it is advisable to book your hotel as early as possible. A list of suggestions concerning hotels, hostels, and private rooms will be provided on the ESSWE7 website and facebook page.

All question and inquiries should be directed to

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University of London
The Warburg Institute
Conference / Symposium: 
"Frances A. Yates: Work and Legacy"
30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019


Frances A. Yates was one of the most original, influential and controversial Warburg scholars of the twentieth century. This conference brings together former students and colleagues of Yates with scholars who work in the many fields to which she made her distinguished contributions.

This conference will explore the academic and intellectual legacy of Dame Frances A. Yates in the diverse areas of scholarship and contemporary culture – from esotericism to architecture - which have been influenced, stimulated and transformed by her work. The two-day colloquium will  bring together academics who knew and worked with Yates, as well as scholars who work in fields to which she made her important contributions, ranging from Renaissance art history and festivals, Shakespeare studies and Giordano Bruno to the history of science, Hermeticism and the “Art of Memory”.  Drawing on the current state of research, the presentations will offer reappraisals of the various influential theses of Frances Yates and their methodological and interdisciplinary innovations, while also charting new venues of academic inquiry into the construction and transmission of knowledge.

Speakers: Sydney Anglo, Lina Bolzoni, Peter Burke, Mary Carruthers, Stephen Clucas, Wouter Hanegraaff, Deborah Harkness, James Knowles, Dilwyn Knox, Ewa Kociszewska, Margaret McGowan, Elizabeth McGrath, Sophie Page, Margaret Shewring, Charlotte Skene Catling, György Szönyi and Bill Sherman.


Thursday, 30 May:

9.00 Registration

9.30-11.00: Session 1 – Chair: Paul Taylor

Elizabeth McGrath 
Frances Yates as Warburgian

Margaret McGowan 
The Resilience of Phantom Ideas

11.00-11.30: Tea & Coffee

11.30-13.00: Session 2 – Chair: Elizabeth McGrath

Ewa Kociszewska 
TBC: Frances Yates and French Festivals

Margaret Shewring 
TBC: Frances Yates and Renaissance and Early Modern Festivals

13.00-14.00: Lunch 

14.00-16.00: Session 3 – Chair: Claudia Wedepohl

Mary Carruthers 
The Medieval Matrix of the Art of Memory

Lina Bolzoni 
TBC: The Art of Memory in the Renaissance

Charlotte Skene Catling 
TBC: Yates, memory and architecture

16.00-16.30: Tea & Coffee

16:30-18.00: Session 4 – Chair: Alessandro Scafi

Brian Copenhaver

Peter Burke 
Between G. B. Harrison and Aby Warburg: The Intellectual Development of Frances Yates

Friday, 31 May:

9.30-11.00: Session 5 – Chair: Bill Sherman

Sydney Anglo 
From Court Revels to the Cosmos. The 'Flatulent Rhapsodies' of Clement Armstrong

James Knowles
TBC: Yates and Shakespeare

11.00-11.30: Tea & Coffee

11.30-13.00: Session 6 – Chair: Jill Kraye

Sophie Page 
Frances Yates and Ritual Magic

Dilwyn Knox 
Frances Yates and Giordano Brun

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Session 7 – Chair: Charles Burnett

György Szönyi 
The Discreet Charm of Hermeticism: the work of Frances Yates as seen from East-Central Europe

Wouter Hanegraaff 
Frances Yates in Ancient Egypt

15.30-16.00: Tea & Coffee

16.00-17.30: Session 8 – Chair: Yuri Stoyanov

Stephen Clucas 
TBC: Frances Yates's conception of John Dee as a 'Hermetic Magus'

Bill Sherman and Deborah Harkness 
TBC: Frances Yates and John Dee

Organised by Paul Taylor (Warburg Institute) and Yuri Stoyanov (School of Oriental and African Studies). Funded by the Warburg Institute and SAS Coffin Funding.

Free and open to the public.

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Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism
10th International Conference
Call for papers: "Mystic and Esoteric Movements in Theory and Practice - Sacred Geometry, Mysticis, and Esotericism"- North-Caucasus Federal University, Stavropol, Russia (22-25 April, 2019)

Sacred places — that is, places which followers of certain teachings believed possessed special qualities — historically played an important role in mystical and esoteric currents. From Stone Age caves, where tribe initiations were held, to today’s “places of power” visited by representatives of a wide array of esoteric groups, sacred places became centers around which esoteric practices congregated and where secret traditions were passed on from initiator to initiate.

The role of sacred places extends beyond particular sacred sites: for many mystic and esoteric currents, sacred geography in a wider sense — for example, an understanding of how the cosmos works, of the holy character of the cardinal directions, and so on — plays a large role in their philosophy. That philosophy, in turn, is often reflected in the architecture of temples, lodges, and other centers of mystic and esoteric traditions, and are integrated into ritual symbols and iconography of esoteric currents.

This conference aims to consider sacred geography as it is studied in history, anthropology, cultural studies, and psychology. The organizing committee will accept papers on the history of places considered to be both sacred and linked with mystical and esoteric currents, on such places’ status in contemporary culture, on psychological aspects of the influence such sites have on people, and on other topics linked to sacred geography in mystical and esoteric currents.

Sample topics include but are not limited to the following:

methodological and terminological problems of the scholarly study of sacred geography in the context of mysticism and esotericism;
sacred geography in the East;
sacred places in Western mystical and esoteric traditions;
the sacred in the structure of the cosmos and the sacred character of cardinal directions in the history of esotericism;
mystical and esoteric sacred geography in literature and art.
Working languages: Russian, English

Applications for the conference for participants from CIS countries are to be sent to the address of the organizing committee by 01.02.2019. Due to possible visa concerns, we request that applications from participants outside of the CIS are sent by 01.12.2018. We kindly request participants to provide the following information:

1. Full name:
2. Date of birth:
3. Academic degree (if applicable):
4. Home address:
5. Place of work/study (if applicable):
6. Position:
7. Telephone number:
8. E-mail:
9. Need of an official invitation to receive an entry visa to the Russian Federation (yes/no):
10. Necessary equipment for your presentation (yes (specify)/no):
11. Title of paper:
12. Abstract:
13. Language of paper:

For Russian-speaking participants, entries 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12 need to be filled out both in Russian and English. The applicant is also required to attach a photo of themselves, no more than 1Mb in size.
Applications for panels are accepted until 01.02.2019. Panel applications need to follow the general application form outlined above. Additionally, the panel organizer needs to provide the approximate number of panel participants and a preliminary program.
A completed application does not guarantee acceptance to the conference. The organizing committee reserves the right to ask for additional information from applicants to specify unclear applications. Decisions on applications are made by the organizing committee within a week after the application deadline. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by e-mail.
Remote participation in the conference is not provided for.
A conference program including information about participants and their abstracts will be published and provided to the participants before the start of the conference. It will also be available on the ASEM website.
The conference fee is differentiated according to ASEM membership and geographical location of the participant 
The organizational fee will be used to cover the costs of organizing the conference as well as the publication of conference papers, which is planned after the conference takes place. The collected conference materials will include papers that have been presented at the conference and accepted for publication up to 20 000 characters in length. The conference fee is paid at the time of registration.
The organizational fee does not include transportation, lodging, food or possible additional services (tours, museums, and so on). The organizing committee does not provide lodging for conference participants; however, it will provide information on local options at the request of an accepted participant.
The organizing committee is open to propositions of material and informational support from interested physical and legal persons.

Conference address: Stavropol (Russia), North-Caucasus Federal University.
All inquiries about the conference are directed to:

Organizing committee
Organizing committee chair: Sergey V. Pakhomov
Organizing committee members: Yuri Y. Zavhorodniy, Roman V. Nutrikhin, Stanislav A. Panin, Birgit Menzel, Yuri F. Rodichenkov, Evgeni L. Kuzmishin




PAPERS Resources
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Western Esotericism Unit
Denver, CO, November 17-20, 2018

Statement of Purpose
This Unit seeks to reflect and further stimulate the current process — reflected in the recent creation of new teaching programs, international associations, journals, book series, and reference works — of professionalization and scholarly recognition of Western esotericism as a new area of research in the study of religion. For more information on the field, see the websites of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE,, the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE,, and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam ( Information about the academic journal Aries and the Aries Book Series can be found on the website of Brill Academic Publishers (; and

Call for Papers. We invite papers on the following topics:

• Esotericism and the Transhuman

The “referential corpus” of esotericism, comprising writings by late medieval and early modern authors (Ficino, Pico, Reuchlin, Agrippa, et al.), has often been related to the development of “Renaissance humanism”. However, the humanism of these key figures was one that emphasized the divine potential of humanity, its ability ultimately to transcend the limitations of bodily existence. In recent decades, an ideology of transhumanism has developed around the techno-utopian promises of life extension, artificial intelligence, and a coming technological singularity. It is not surprising that a convergence with old and contemporary esoteric ideas is taking place. This session will explore historical and contemporary relationships between esotericism and the transhuman, including: ideas on improving and overcoming human nature, esoteric speculations on the technological singularity, and the interactions between transhumanist and esoteric milieus.

• Out of this World: Extraterrestrial Esotericisms

Extraterrestrial beings get entwined with esoteric religious ideas in a variety of ways. C.S. Lewis drew on medieval cosmology to create a fantasy with theological dimensions in his space trilogy starting with Out of the Silent Planet (1938), in which the planetary angels were depicted as creatures of light inhabiting interplanetary space. Half a century earlier, Madame Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled (1877) had already hinted at an alien role in the establishment of life on earth, while in the mid twentieth century, L. Ron Hubbard confirmed the notion in a cosmic theology holding in part that the immortal spirits of certain aliens adhere to humans, causing spiritual harm. Even in the past decade, Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam re-conceptualized the wheel in Ezekiel as an actual spaceship hovering over the earth. This session seeks to illuminate connections between esoteric religion, science, and fictions of life in outer space, and invites papers exploring all varieties of links between heavenly spirits and extraterrestrials.

• Revelatory Dreaming in Esoteric Religions

Attention to dreams, including rules and guides for the interpretation of dreams, and oneiric techniques enabling active dream cultivation, are common globally in many religions, and esotericism has been especially rich in them. In late nineteenth- and twentieth-century occultism, the astral or inner planes were understood to be a place where subconscious states converged with higher consciousness; one might accidentally wander out on the astral in dreams, but also deliberately enter them through ritual work. In Applied Magic, Dion Fortune describes the inner planes as the planes of “causation for this world of form and matter”. It is well known that Carl Jung actively sought both to induce and interpret transformative dream experiences, but perhaps less commonly known that Immanuel Swedenborg kept a dream diary in 1743-44 believing that his dreams contained spiritual messages for him. This session invites papers considering the esoteric use of lucid active dreaming and dream interpretation through time and across cultures.

ProcessProposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members



Claire Fanger,
Egil Asprem,

Steering Committee

Brigid Burke,
Henrik Bogdan,
John Crow,
Manon Hedenborg White,
Marco Pasi,
Marla Segol,

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Course 2019.
"Introduction to Kabbalah"

For hundreds of years, Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the divine world, and human interaction with it. This course will introduce you to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah from an academic point of view.
The course will examine basic Kabbalistic themes such as the theory of the Sefirot, ecstatic and prophetic Kabbalistic techniques, reincarnation, demonology, and practical Kabbalah. It will introduce major Kabbalistic works and movements, including the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and the contemporary revival of popular Kabbalah.
In recent decades, interest in Kabbalah has been increasing and many non-academic Kabbalah centers have been founded throughout the world. Most of the information available online for the layman is non-academic, and at times it can be misleading and confusing.
The aim of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Jewish thought to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in an accessible manner without jeopardizing the course's academic rigor.
The course approaches Kabbalah from a historical and sociological perspective. Kabbalistic theories and practices will be studied through reading and analyzing primary sources (the Kabbalistic texts themselves) as well as applying the most up-to-date secondary literature (academic research)
The course presents a variety of different perspectives on the themes it covers. Through the assignments and discussions that accompany the video lectures, students will be encouraged to express their opinions and individual perspectives, and to contribute to fruitful intellectual discussions.
What you'll learn
  • The main concepts, doctrines, and practices of Kabbalah
  • The historical development of Kabbalah from medieval to modern times, including its major schools, central texts, and main figures
  • The historical significance of Kabbalah, and the cultural roles it has played from the late medieval to the modern periods
Lessons Program and Schedule

Lesson 1. Introduction: Kabbalah and its Academic study

The lesson will introduce you to Kabbalah and to its academic study. We will discuss the term “Kabbalah,” and the varieties of forms and schools of Kabbalah throughout history. 

Lesson 2.  Sefirot: The Kabbalistic Theory of the Divine Structure

We will learn about one of the most central concepts of Kabbalah – the sefirot: a structure of ten divine powers. We will also explore the concept of God as En-Sof (the Infinite) and its relationship with the sefirot.

Lesson 3. The Inner Life of God: The Dynamics within the Sefirot

We will explore the interrelation of the different sefirot and the effect of their inner dynamics on the lower realms. We will also learn about Kabbalistic theories of the formation of evil and Kabbalistic demonology.

Lesson 4. Human Influence on the Divine

We will learn about the theories and practices of the kabbalists that relate to their belief in the ability of human beings to influence and repair the divine. We will introduce the theory of the rectification of the Divine - tikkun.

Lesson 5. Connecting with the Divine: Prophecy, Attachment, and Union

This lesson will be dedicated to encounters with the Divine in Kabbalah in different forms, such as ascents, visions, and automatic speech, the idea of “unio mystica”, and the techniques Kabbalists used to connect and unite with the Divine.

Lesson 6. Kabbalistic Perceptions of the Human Body and Soul

We will explore Kabbalistic perceptions of the human body and the structure of the soul, and the structural resemblance between the human body and the structure of the sefirot. We will discuss different notions of reincarnation as well the idea of possession (dybuk) and exorcism, which is still practiced by Kabbalists today.

Lesson 7. Early Kabbalah and the Zohar 

This lesson will be dedicated to the early Kabbalah and the authorship of the Zohar. We will also learn about the Kabbalistic schools of Spain and the ecstatic Kabbalah of Rabbi Abraham Abulafia.

Lesson 8. Lurianic Kabbalah

We will learn about the Kabbalist center in early-modern Safed and the school of Isaac Luria. We will also discuss the Christian Kabbala.

Lesson 9. Kabbalah and Modernity

We will explore Kabbalah and modernity in its main schools of Hasidism, Lithuanian Kabbalah, and the school of Shalom Sharaabi as well as the contemporary revival of Kabbalah.