Próximos Eventos

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



 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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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

The event will be hosted by The Faculty of Arts at the University of Szeged (The Research Group for Cultural Iconology and Semiography in cooperation with the Departments of Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, and Visual Studies).

Papers (30 minutes' slots including discussion) are expected to investigate the inspiration of Western Esotericism on the artistic cultural representations (literature, visual arts, theatre, film) of the Central- and Eastern European regions throughout the centuries.

The conference will be taking place on November 16-17, 2018 (Friday-Saturday, arrival the previous night, departure the next day). 

Paper proposals (author's name and affiliation, proposed title and a 300 word abstract) should be sent to Dr. Róbert Péter by September 1, 2018. 

For ESSWE members there is no registration fee, for non-ESSWE members registration is 40 Euros.

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Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, 
Meeting "Alchemy and print culture"
Room 728, UCL Institute of Education, 
20 Bedford Way, London (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

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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:  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: 


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

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ENS - École Normale Supérieure
45 rue d’Ulm F-75230 Paris 
Aspects de l’histoire des courants ésotériques
7 mars, 21 mars, 28 mars, 2018

Séminaire d'élèves

Organisateur : Vincent Roy-Di Piazza ( - Jean-Pierre Brach (EPHE)

Mercredi 7 mars

- « Introduction : l’histoire des courants ésotériques à la Renaissance » (Jean-Pierre Brach, EPHE)
- « La marginalisation de l’astrologie savante en France au xviie siècle » (Jean Sanchez, ENS)

Mercredi 21 mars
- « Des Lumières à l’Illumination : Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) et le Swedenborgianisme » (Vincent Roy-Di Piazza, ENS/EPHE)
-  « Sources et mutations de la Franc-Maçonnerie en Europe (xviie-xxe siècle) » (Roger Dachez, Université Paris-Diderot)

Mercredi 28 mars
-  « Le renouveau de l’astrologie en France (1890-1940) » (Leo Bernard, EPHE)

- « À l’aube du Satanisme contemporain : l’Église de Satan d’Anton LaVey » (Mathieu Colin, EPHE/EHESS)

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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».

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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:

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


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.

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Claire Fanger,
Egil Asprem,

Steering Committee

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

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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: