January 2011

Western Esotericism PDF-NOTE: Internet Explorer Users, right click the PDF Icon and choose [save target as] if you are experiencing problems with clicking. Print

Call for Proposals

This Group solicits proposals relating to the following themes:

  • The material history of esotericism
  • Objects and instruments used in esoteric practices
  • Esotericism and politics
  • Putting “heterodox” aspects of Mormonism in context — preexistence, reincarnation, and apocalypticism in Western Esotericism (for a possible cosponsored session with the Mormon Studies Consultation)


This Group seeks to reflect and further stimulate the current process — reflected in the recent creation of new Chairs and teaching programs, international associations, journals, monograph 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, the Association for the Study of Esotericism, and the center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. On these websites you will also find information on the academic journal Aries and the Aries Book Series (both published by Brill Academic Publishers).

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to Steering Committee Members.


Cathy N. Gutierrez
Sweet Briar College
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Marco Pasi
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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Method of Submission


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