Submissions open for Correspondences vol. 1.2

The new Correspondences journal is currently receiving submissions for its second issue (to appear in December). This would be a good opportunity for students and researchers of contemporary esotericism to get some papers published. Correspondences being an open-access online journal, it has the sort of immediacy of publication that lacks in traditional academic outlets, but which is really necessary for the study of contemporary phenomena. So do consider submitting something before the deadline on August 1! Meanwhile, we look forward to the due publication of Correspondences 1.1 in less than two months.

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A new journal for the academic study of Western esotericsim is being launched: deadline for article submissions, February 28, 2013.


The rumour already broke yesterday on Twitter and Facebook (a bit earlier than planned, I think), that a new journal is being launched: Correspondences: An Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism.

This is an innovative initiative in several respects. By being all online and open access, it aims to provide “a wider forum of debate regarding issues and currents in Western esotericism than has previously been possible”. Furthermore, however, it also aims to mobilize a currently unused demographic potential in the study of esotericism:

Correspondences is committed to publishing work of a high academic standard as determined by a peer-review process, but does not require academic credentials as prerequisite for publication. Students and non-affiliated academics are encouraged to join established scholars in submitting insightful, well-researched articles that offer new ideas, positions, or information to the field.

In other words, it is a refreshing initiative that aims to be true to…

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Cyberproceedings taking shape

It is already two months since the 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism in Stockholm was concluded. Today, we upload the first installment of the cyberproceedings from the event. You can find a new link to “cyberproceedings” in the top bar on this site. We start with four papers, on topics spanning contemporary Freemasonry in Canada, initiatory societies in Norway, occulture in Brazilian pop music, and methodological issues in the study of contemporary Satanism. More papers will be added shortly. Do check it out!

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ContERN session at ESSWE4 next year: CAM, conspiracy culture, and contemporary esotericism

ContERN  will arrange special sessions at ESSWE4, which will be held at University of Gothenburg on  June 26-29, 2013. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with esotericism, CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine), and  conspiracy culture, but other themes related to contemporary esotericism will be considered as well. Please send your abstract  (approximately 250 words, with title and academic affiliation) to conterncontact[at] by January 15, 2013 at the latest.

The general theme of next year’s ESSWE conference is esotericism and healthA full call for papers is available at the ESSWE website.

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Reviews of the 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism

The 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism, which took place at Stockholm University on August 27-29 2012, was the launching event of the ContERN network. A few reviews of the conference have been published over the month that has passed. The two most relevant so far:

Review by Venetia Robertson, for the Religious Studies Project

Review by Sasha Chaitow, for Phoenix Rising Academy

Members of a Dutch esoteric order called the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight were also present at the conference, and published the result of their experience with “going native in reverse” in three installments, here, here and here.

If you come across any other reviews or mentions of this event, don’t hesitate to leave a comment to this post!

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Welcome to ContERN’s web portal

Here we are building the web portal of the Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN). The site is under construction. Meanwhile, do check out our Google group for  news and communication. For the website of our mother organisation, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), click here.


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