Esoteric news, January 2012

Among the updates: 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism

A number of newsworthy things have popped up in the world of esotericism scholarship lately, but as I have been tied up with reaching deadlines, they have not found their way to Heterodoxology yet. The solution? A brief list of updates, below. Some of it you may already have read about over at Invocatio, the Phoenix Rising website, or some other etheric place, but no harm is done in hearing something twice.

  • Continuing on that note, a release party with a public debate on the book’s thesis will be held in Amsterdam on February 8. The debaters are Rens Bod (Professor of Computational and Digital Humanities, University of Amsterdam),  Albert F. De Jong (Professor, Religions of Antiquity, University of Leiden), and Cees Leijenhorst history of Modern Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen). The moderator is Demetrius Waarsenburg (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences), and Gerard Wiegers (Professor of Religious Studies, UvA) will chair. The first copy of the book will be presented by the author. The evening is hosted by Spui25, and will be in Dutch.
  • The relation between academia and esotericism was the topic of one of last year’s sessions at the AAR in San Francisco as well. The Phoenix Rising Academy’s session on Demons in the Academy was filmed, and has now been made available online. An admirable initiative!
  • Finally, some news from the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). By the end of last year, the ESSWE had accepted two new thematic networks to work under its auspices, namely: The ESSWE Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (coordinated by Dylan Burns); and Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN; coordinated by Kennet Granholm and Egil Asprem). These were both announced in the previous Newsletter of the ESSWE. More information will appear soon. In addition to these, the ESSWE has also acknowledged as an affiliate the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Union of South American Nations (CEEO-UNASUR), organised by Juan Pablo Bubello in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We look forward to hear more about this development in the future.

(This round-up has been inspired by Invocatio’s weekly “Mysteria Misc. Maxima” series. I am hoping it will not have to become a frequent phenomenon, and promise to have a regular blog post up again before too long.)

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  1. Thanks for the mention and these updates!

    Egil, is it possible to join ESSWE even if you’re not European (or a scholar)? Would you recommend it?

    • Dear Sara, of course!
      To become a member, you simply fill in the online form here: http://esswe.org/p/application-form.html , and I will write you back with payment information (I happen to be the membership secretary). There are various categories: Full, Associate, and Student. Student members have a discount fee of 15 EUR.

      Definitely recommended for everyone who is working in, or want to follow and support the development of the field, whether on the student, professional, or a purely sympathetic level. Do email me if you want to know anything else.

  2. Thanks! I’ll consider it!

  3. […] The first-annual Conference on Contemporary Esotericism is accepting paper proposals. It takes place next August in Sweden, at the height of bikini-team season. (Stockholm University via Heterodoxology) […]


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