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Western Esotericism Unit

Call for Proposals

The accepted panels of 2020 were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. No new call for proposals can be issued this year.

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


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

Once all votes by steering committee are tallied we do share names of authors of the viable proposals with steering committee members, along with possible panel structures.