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About ESSWE
The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) is a learned society established in 2005 to advance the academic study of the various manifestations of Western esotericism from late antiquity to the present and to secure the future development of the field. The ESSWE is an affiliated society of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

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The Sixth International ESSWE Conference: 
Western Esotericism and deviance

2-4 June 2017, University of Erfurt, Germany

One ‘master narrative‘ in the Study of Western Esotericism is that esoteric ideas, authors and currents have been subject to processes of othering, marginalization, rejection or prohibition by dominant discourses. For some scholars, this social aspect has been one of the main criteria for defining the very concept of ‘Western Esotericism’. However, recent approaches that have highlighted the entanglement of esoteric ideas and mainstream culture point to the need for developing a more nuanced picture of the relationship between esoteric and mainstream discourse, both in pre-modern as well as contemporary times. The conference theme thus calls for a closer examination of this master narrative by specifically addressing the social and cultural embeddedness of esoteric ideas, authors and currents in Western History.

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Aries book series

Aries Book SeriesTexts and Studies in Western Esotericism is the first professional academic book series specifically devoted to a long-neglected but now rapidly developing new domain of research in the humanities, usually referred to as “Western Esotericism”.

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