Nominations are invited for the third biennial ESSWE PhD Thesis prize, awarded by the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.
The prize will be given for an outstanding PhD thesis completed since 1 March 2011 on any aspect of Western Esotericism. Candidates for the prize must be members of the ESSWE. The thesis must have been approved formally by the nominee's thesis committee, but the degree need not have been formally awarded.
Notification & Certification
The prizewinner will be notified in May 2013 and will receive an award of €500 and a certificate, to be presented at the ESSWE conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, 26-29 June 2013.
The thesis will also be recommended for publication in the ARIES Book Series, though the final decision on publication will be taken by the ARIES Book Series editorial board.
Nominations must be made by electronic mail to the Chair of the Prize Committee, Helmut Zander (Université de Fribourg, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 February 2013. The nominator must be a faculty member at the institution that awards the nominee’s PhD degree, or a member of the nominee’s thesis committee. Each nominator may make only one nomination.
The applications should consist of pdf files of the following material:
A letter of nomination
The nominee's thesis
A separate summary of the thesis, written by the nominee, of no more than ten pages (double spaced)
A brief biographical sketch of the nominee
Documentation to show that the thesis has been approved
Items 1, 3 and 4 must be in English. Item 2 may be in any one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Item 5 may be in any language, so long as a translation into English is provided if it is not in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
The Prize Committee consists of:
Helmut Zander, Université de Fribourg (Chair)
Andreas Kilcher, ETH Zürich
Birgit Menzel, Universität Mainz
Previous ESSWE PhD Thesis Prize Winners
2009 Robert Collis, “The Petrine Instauration: Religion, Esotericism and Science at the Court of Peter the Great, 1689-1725.”
2011 Daniel Jütte, “Das Zeitalter des Geheimnisses. Juden, Christen und die Ökonomie des Geheimen (1400–1800).”