Próximos Eventos

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



Universität Fribourg | Theologische Fakultät
Av. de L’Europe 20, CH-1700 Fribourg, Germany.
International Conference. "The Birth of the Science of Religion: Out of the Spirit of Occultism"
February 14th–16th, 2018


Wednesday, Feb. 14th

13:30 – 14:30 Reception by Judith Bodendörfer, Yves Mühlematter and Helmut Zander (University of Fribourg)

14:40 – 15:40 Léo Bernard (EPHE Paris), 
Paul Masson-Oursel (1882–1956), Inside and Outside the Academy.

15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break

16:10 – 17:10 Marco Frenschkowski (University of Leipzig)
On the Interconnectivity between the Emerging Science of Religion, Folklore Studies, Theosophy and the Occult Field in Great Britain (1870–1914)

17:30 Apéro riche
19:00 Collection of short biographies

Thursday, Feb. 15th

10:00 – 11:00 Julian Strube (University of Heidelberg)
Tantra as Experimental Science in the Works of John Woodroffe

11:10 – 12:10 Jens Schlieter (University of Berne)
In Search of a Common Core of Theosophy, Celtic Myth, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism: Walter Y. Evans-Wentz’ Contribution to the Comparative Study of Religion

12:10 – 13:30 Lunchbreak

13:30 – 14:30: Daniel Cyranka (University of Halle)
Magnetism, Spiritualism, and the Academy – The Case of Nees von Esenbeck, President of the Academy of the Natural Sciences Leopoldina (1818–1858)

14:40 – 15:40 Marcello De Martino (independent scholar)
Mircea Eliade and Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, «the priestess of Eranos»

15:40 – 16:10 Coffee break

16:10 – 17:10 Judith Bodendörfer, Yves Mühlematter (University of Fribourg) 
Presentation of the Theses within the Project “The History of the Science of Religion in Relation to Theosophical Currents”

19:00 Traditional fondue

Friday, Feb. 16th

09:30 – 10:30 Boaz Huss (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
Western Esotericism and the Academic Study of Kabbalah

10:40 – 11:40 Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University)
Traditionalism and Academia, from René Guénon to Seyyed Hossein Nasr

11:40 – 13:00 Final Discussion

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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

For more information please visit:


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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Princeton University (USA)
The Program in Medieval Studies Superstition and Magic in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods” 
Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies. 
20th April 2018.

In an age when authorities attempt to assault our modern modes of critical thinking, the term “superstition” and its premodern associations take on rearranged values. Current political discourse denounces fake news and climate change as humbug with a zeal not unlike that of medieval and early modern establishments censuring false prophets and fallacious astrologers. Given these similarities, the classic narrative of a medieval society emerging into a modern one, “the disenchantment of the world” (Max Weber), urgently needs reappraisal. This conference proposes the examination of a wide range of evidence in various genres over time in order to foster this dialogue. In returning to the original meaning of “superstition” as an excessive fearfulness or belief, or a misapprehended and abused knowledge of a supernatural subject, how can we refine our understanding of superstition and magic in the premodern world? How can we make the overlaps between science, superstition, and magic productive?

We invite interdisciplinary submissions on diverse topics related to medieval and early modern superstition and magic. Some themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Control and influence exerted by the Church and universities
The historical development of demonology
The Witch Crisis: gender and authority
Elite vs. folk magic; paganism and popular religion
Heresy and superstition
Depiction of magical elements in literature and visual culture
The impact of various religious reform movements, including the Reformation and Counterreformation, on belief, magic, and ritual
Music and metaphysics
Oaths, incantations, and spells: the power of words
Natural philosophy: astrology, alchemy, medical practices, etc.
Material history and archaeology
Co-mingling of Eastern and Western traditions; book magic; Kabbalah
Esoteric belief systems and the rise of secret societies
The law: ordeals, witch-hunts, and policing of superstitious practices

In order to support participation by speakers from outside the northeastern United States, we are offering limited subsidies to help offset the cost of travel to Princeton. Financial assistance may not be available for every participant, with funding priority going to those who have the farthest to travel. Speakers will have the option of staying with a resident graduate student to defray their expenses.

Interested graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Sonja Andersen and Jonathan Martin at by February 15, 2018.

All applicants will be notified about their submissions by February 24, 2018. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.


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

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its seventh International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, May 24-27, 2018.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring 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.

We are also interested in papers on Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics. We are interested in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a cross-fertilization of perspectives.

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is December 15th, 2017.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by email to


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.


Proposer 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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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:


Japanese Network for the 
Academic Study of Esotericism 
Workshop: "Text and experience: 
Exploring the realm of esotericism"
(Nov. 19) 2017

場所:京都大学人文科学研究所セミナー室1 (Kyoto University)
<講演> ※発表50分、質疑応答10分
10:00-10:15 趣旨説明・講演者紹介  Introductory explanations
10:15-11:15 横山茂雄(奈良女子大学)

Shigeo YOKOYAMA (Nara Women’s University)
“The manifesting world of the spirits: John Dee and his precursors”

11:15-12:15 鶴岡賀雄(東京大学)


Yoshio TSURUOKA (University of Tokyo)
“Mysticism and Esotericism”

 12:30-13:30 昼休憩 (break)

 <パネル発表> ※一人30分×4+コメント15分

13:30-14:00 穂波慶一(龍谷大学)


Keichi HONAMI (Ryukoku University)
“Modern Buddhism and Occultism: the case of Furukawa Rosen”

14:00-14:30 堀雅彦(北海学園大学)

「「宗教経験」の純化と拡散―W. ジェイムズ受容の西東(にしひがし)―」

Masahiko HORI (Hokkai Gakuen University)
“The sublimation and proliferation of ‘religious experience’: William James’ work around the world”

14:30-15:00 奥村大介(東京大学)


Daisuke OKAMURA (University of Tokyo)
“Remote actions on living bodies: A sketch of the history of scientific thought of errors and parapraxis”

 15:00-15:15  休憩 (break)

15:15-15:45 橋本順光(大阪大学)


Yorimitsu HASHIMOTO (Osaka University)
“The cycle of theories on the arrival of Chinese in the Americas: From the Mexican Buddha to the Japanese Emperor of the Incas”

15:45-16:00 堀江宗正(東京大学)             コメント

Comments by Norichika HORIE (University of Tokyo)

16:00-17:00 質疑応答&全体討論

Q&A and general discussion


Chair: Hidehiko KURITA (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

*参加希望者は、事前に栗田(bodyandpolitics[at]までご連絡ください。If you wish to apply, please contact Dr. Kurita at the email address above.

主催:日本秘教研究ネットワーク Japanese Network for Academic Study of Esotericism