The heterodoxologist’s name is Egil Asprem. I am a scholar of esotericism, religion, and intellectual history, with a penchant for philosophy (mostly analytic). I am assistant professor in History of Religions at Stockholm University. Before moving to Sweden I spent two years as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California Santa Barbara. Before that, I spent the better part of the past decade in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as I wrote my PhD at the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents. I also had a short sojourn as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim in 2013.
My first book, Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture was published by SUNY Press in 2012, while my most recent book, The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939 appeared with Brill in 2014. I am also the co-editor (with Kennet Granholm) of Contemporary Esotericism (Equinox, 2013), and author of a growing number of academic and popular articles on subjects ranging from the history of science, to occultism, parapsychology, ritual magic, and contemporary religiosity.
I’ve been on the board of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) since 2010, currently serving as the society’s Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Together with Kennet Granholm I run the ESSWE-affiliated Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN).
On occasion I’ve also featured as a popularizing skeptic (with a “k”), albeit a curious one. This blog does not engage in outright debunking, but readers will not fail to notice a critical edge.
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