GNSWE: German Network for the Study of Western Esotericism
The GNSWE is founded as a regional network of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, and thus similar to other local ESSWE networks. Apart from promoting an interdisciplinary, open-minded yet critical, cutting-edge Study of Western Esotericism in German-speaking academia, its main goal is to establish an active network of German or Germany-based scholars who work on topics related to “Western Esotericism”. The network will be supported by an online database which lists current research projects and personal profiles, and which introduces young scholars and PhD students into the field, thus facilitating their search for experts and mentors on specific topics. The GNSWE further encourages its members to cooperate by means of joint panels on conferences, the organization of workshops or conferences, or co-authored publications.
Contact: Bernd-Christian Otto, Birgit Menzel
NIRSEO: Network Italiano per la Ricerca Scientifica sull’Esoterismo Occidentale
The “Network Italiano per la Ricerca Scientifica sull’Esoterismo Occidentale” (NIRSEO) has been founded by Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam), Michele Olzi (Università dell’Insubria), and Simona Cigliana (independent scholar) during a foundational meeting held in Rome on 29 May 2017. The main coordinator is Marco Pasi. The network is at this moment especially active through a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/204384690085333/) and a mailing list for the exchange of information and news. The aims and goals of the NIRSEO are: 1) To promote the academic study of Western esotericism by Italian scholars, whether resident in Italy or abroad; 2) To promote the academic study of Western esotericism as it may be related to any aspect of Italian history, society, and culture, independently from the nationality of the scholars who carry it out; 3) To facilitate the sharing of information related to the academic study of Western esotericism in Italy or related to Italy; 4) To organise meetings and workshops and to produce publications in its area of interest as defined in the previous points.
Contact: Marco Pasi