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Correspondences: an online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism

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Correspondences. An online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism.

Call for papers. Deadline: feb. 28, 2013.


Correspondences seeks to create a public academic forum devoted to discussion and exposition of issues and currents in the field commonly known as ‘Western Esotericism.’ The editors acknowledge that the use of “Western esotericism” as an umbrella term for a widely variant field of alternate scientific and religious ideas is problematic. Thus, articles related to esoteric currents from other global cultural centers may be accepted if a connection to “alternative” currents in “western culture” is implicitly established.

The following list of areas of study is provided for clarification: Alchemy, Anthroposophy, Astrology, Eco-spirituality, Esoteric art, literature, and music, Freemasonry, Geomancy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Illuminism, Initiatory secret societies, Kabbalah, Magic, Mesmerism, Mysticism, Naturphilosophie, Neo-paganism, New Age, Occultism, Occulture, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, Satanism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Traditionalism, Ufology, Witchcraft.

Correspondences encourages submissions from a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches, such as: History of Religions; Sociology; Art History; Philosophy; History of Science; Literature; ; and Cultural Studies, just to name a few.


Jimmy Elwing, rMA student, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Aren Roukema, rMA student, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Editorial Board

Egil Asprem, MA, Researcher, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr. Henrik Bogdan, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Juan Pablo Bubello, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Dylan Burns, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Peter Forshaw, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Christian Giudice, PhD student, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Amy Hale, St. Petersburg College, United States.

Prof. Boaz Huss, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Prof. Birgit Menzel, Universität Mainz, Germany.

More Information, please contact us at




Theology and Religion Faculty Centre

The The The Faculty of Theology and Religion, in association with Pembroke College, proposes to appoint to a University Lectureship in the Study of Religion (Grade 30S: £42,883 – £57,581 p.a. ). The post of University Lecturer is the main career grade for academic faculty at Oxford and is equivalent to a North American associate professorship. The lecturer will be a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and will also hold a Tutorial Fellowship at Pembroke College. Grade 30S: £42,883 – £57,581 p.a.


The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar whose expertise lies within the broad field of the Study of Religion. He or she will hold a doctorate in any field relating to the Study of Religion, have a strong record of research and publication at an international level and previously have secured research funding. The ability to deliver effective class and small-group (tutorial) teaching to high-achieving and challenging students and to supervise graduate students for the Faculty is essential. Please upload a curriculum vitae (or resumé), including an email address and telephone number; a letter explaining how you meet the criteria for this post outlined in the further particulars; and two samples of written work (for example, a book chapter, a peer-reviewed journal article, or other research paper. Peer-reviewed online publications are acceptable). Please do not submit complete book manuscripts.

The The post is tenable from 1 October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 12 December 2012. Informal enquires about the post may be emailed to:


Dr Sondra Hausner (



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The University of Oxford’s Department of Education supports anthropologically focused Master’s and Doctoral research on religion and education:


Procedures and information: X


November and January applications are encouraged. Inquiries may be directed to the Higher Degrees Office:OX


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The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is generously sponsoring an annual research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). The Fellowship has been made possible by the “Sheikh Zayed Book Award” which was awarded to Brill Publishers in March 2012 for publishing excellence in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

The Brill Fellowship at CHASE to be held in the academic year 2013-14 will be of two or three months duration and is intended for a postdoctoral researcher. The Fellowship will be awarded for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The closing date for applications is the 30 November 2012. Please visit our website for application details (


Published in: Demons and Spirits in Egyptian Magic

Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BC

Academic Supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska

Two fully-funded PhD studentships form part of a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BC.

Demons abound in the media today-from tales of possession to the labelling of political policies as demonic, to the channelling of spirits for healing.

Some of the most prevalent rituals in the ancient and modern world are those designed to target demons and those that call upon their superhuman power for benefit. But thus far, there has been no comprehensive systematic study of benevolent and malevolent demonic entities in Ancient Egypt. This project, Demonology 2K, applies Second Millennium AD technology to create a classification and ontology of those supernatural entities we will call demons, and the means used to harness their powers in Ancient Egypt during the Second Millennium BC. The approach combines archaeological, iconographic, and philological analysis of specific material, representational, and textual evidence. The research is data-driven, and includes the development of an interactive collaborative database and website.

This project illuminates the darker and more private side of Ancient Egyptian religion that impacted daily lives, driving individuals to perform rituals and to access divine beings, with or without priestly assistance.

The PhD studentships are available from 2 January 2013.

Applicants must have:

demonstrated Egyptological expertise

ability to work with both texts and artefacts familiarity with and desire to study Middle to New Kingdom religion reading knowledge of German and French Digital expertise will be integral to one of the studentships detailed below.

Please provide details in your statement of interest of experience of working with:

relational databases


Web 2.0 (interactive websites, blogs, virtual spaces) multimedia

The PhD studentships differ in expertise as follows:

PhD 1 should have a particular interest in working with artefacts and have a solid archaeological background both in terms of theory and post-excavation analysis. The successful student/candidate will focus on the material evidence, in particular types identified as primary targets for the project: apotropaia, inscribed headrests, and figurines. The student should have demonstrated aptitude for working with excavation reports (recent and dated) as well as museum and collections searching; be familiar with materials and technology; have a background in the archaeology of religion; and a dedicated attention to detail.

PhD 2 must be fluent in reading Middle Egyptian and have a background in reading religious compositions (ideally Coffin Texts and magical papyri).

The successful student/candidate will be responsible for a relational examination of hostile and demonic entities encountered in the texts. The investigation must be contextual, and take into account associated imagery, findspots, the location of imagery and text in relation to each other and on each individual coffin, time period, and status, gender and identity of the owner. Because most of the Coffin Texts have different versions, the candidate must be skilled in reading the texts to spot differences and similarities. The student must also have a thorough rounding in Egyptian religion in general in order to be able to achieve a nuanced understanding of the texts, as well as being able to undertake literal translation.

Both Ph.D.’s are based in the Department of History and Classics, College of Arts and Humanities. The successful candidate will join a vigorous and friendly postgraduate community supported by theGraduate Centre for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.

The Academic Supervisor will be Dr. Kasia Szpakowska, a specialist in Ancient Egyptian private religious practice and co-founder of the international Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.

Applicants must have an MA or equivalent qualification, obtained or due to be obtained by October 2012, in any relevant discipline.

Preliminary application materials consist of:

academic CV

1-2 page expression of interest (include why you are interested, a bit about your background and how you fulfil the brief) research proposal (no more than 1200 words or 5 pages) focussing on one of the areas (or both if you have no preference) referee information (names, contact details, and emails of 2 referees)

Both Ph.D.’s are based in the Department of History and Classics, College of Arts and Humanities. The successful candidate will join a vigorous and friendly postgraduate community supported by the Graduate Centre for Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. The Academic Supervisor will be Dr. Kasia Szpakowska, a specialist in Ancient Egyptian private religious practice and co-founder of the international Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.

Applicants must have an MA or equivalent qualification, obtained or due to be obtained by October 2012, in any relevant discipline.

Preliminary application materials consist of:

academic CV

1-2 page expression of interest (include why you are interested, a bit about your background and how you fulfil the brief) research proposal (no more than 1200 words or 5 pages) focussing on one of the areas (or both if you have no preference) referee information (names, contact details, and emails of 2 referees)



The University is seeking 2 Ph. D. candidates in the field of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

The intention is that one of the two candidates will do research on a relevant topic within the historical period from the Renaissance to the 18th century, and the other within the period from the 18th century to the present. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal that contains at least the following:

Title of the research project.

Brief description of the research question (a few lines).

A longer description of the research project, including attention to methodology and the nature/availability of the relevant source material (3 to 4 pages, line spacing 1 ½).

Explanation of academic relevance and importance of the research.


A planning, subdivided in periods of six months.

Summary of additional material costs.

The research proposal must be accompanied by a cover letter and a C.V.

A list of possible research topics is available on request from This list is intended to give an impression of the kind of research that could be considered, and an indication of some clear research gaps.


A Master degree in a discipline of the humanities, preferably with a historical focus;

Sufficient demonstrable familiarity with the research area on which the GHF Center focuses, and the relevant subdomain;

Good command of at least English and other languages relevant to the research project.

Further information

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. W.J. Hanegraaff, telephone +31 20 525 3570 or +31 20 423 6218; e-mail


History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

The Center of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

(GHF, ) was founded in 1999 and plays a leading international role in the field. The Center is part of the Department of Art, Religion, and Cultural Sciences (KRC) and work within the context of the Program Team Religious Studies.

The staff members of GHF provide a series of four modules (Hermetica I, II, III, IV) in the Bachelor Religious Studies, and a specialization program in “Western Esotericism” in the context of the One-Year Master and the Two-Year Research Master Religious Studies.

GHF consists of three permanent staff members (one professor and two assistant professors) and two PhD students. The Center focuses on historical research into a complex of movements in the border area between religion, philosophy, and science, today often summarized under the umbrella term “Western esotericism”.

These include movements such as hermetism and gnostic religion in late antiquity; traditional sciences like astrology, alchemy, and magia naturalis; the revival of platonism and related currents during the Renaissance in the context of prisca theologia, philosophia perennis, and philosophia occulta; early modern currents such as paracelsianism, Christian theosophy, rosicrucianism, freemasonry, and illuminism; nineteenth-century movements such as spiritualism, occultism, and traditionalism; and related currents including the contemporary New Age. For a representative sample of the discipline, see the Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism (ed. WJ Hanegraaff et al.), Brill: Leiden / Boston 2005. 



The Department of Religious Studies, The Open University, invites applications for a full-time lectureship, based in Milton Keynes. The Department is active in both teaching and research and has a particular focus on contemporary religion in historical perspective (i.e. largely nineteenth century and later).

The Department is genuinely open to making an appointment at any point in the Lecturer range, and will assess the standing and skills of candidates in the light of reasonable expectations for their stage of career.

The Lecturer must have the necessary skills and experience to make a substantial contribution to the in Religious Studies, using electronic tools such as Moodle and VLEs appropriate to The Open University context.

Our over-riding concern is to appoint a new colleague able to make a flexible and wide-ranging contribution to the work of the Department and the Arts Faculty, with a specialism outside of – but having potential for synergy with – existing departmental expertise. The Department neither assumes nor precludes personal religious commitment on the part of staff or students; it is not a Theology department.

Further details available at:

Applications should be returned by 12 noon on Thursday 10 November 2011. Interviews to be held on Friday 9 December.







 Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences:

the University of Washington Tacoma seeks an intellectually expansive scholar with a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion, Philosophy or closely related field, possessing wide-ranging interests and demonstrating excellent teaching and research potential for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS). In exceptional cases candidates who are ABD may be appointed on an acting basis. In order to complement IAS’s existing strengths in environmental science and global studies, an interest in Asian religions and social/cultural approaches to ethics and/or environmental science and technology are a plus. The position begins September 16, 2012 and is contingent on funding. 

IAS offers a range of innovative interdisciplinary majors. We welcome applicants representing diverse perspectives and approaches. One of three University of Washington campuses, UWT is located in new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region.  

For more information on UWT, visit the website at

To apply, please submit:

1) letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research projects underway, and your teaching experience 

2) curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught 

3) a statement of your teaching philosophy

4) an article length writing sample

5)evidence of teaching effectiveness

6) three letters of reference. Submit all application materials through .


Screening of applicants will begin November 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Samuel Parker, search chair,


The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. If you have a question about the details of this search/position please contact that hiring unit directly. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research and service. Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington.



Yale University Department of Religious Studies

intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of religious studies beginning July 1, 2012, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications are invited and welcome from scholars with research specialties in the anthropology, history, philosophy, or sociology of religions or a tradition-specific field of study, who also possess demonstrated teaching proficiency in methods and theory in the study of religion.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. A letter of application describing your research, a c.v., a two-page dissertation abstract, a chapter-length writing sample, a syllabus for an introductory undergraduate course, “Introduction to Religion,” and three letters of reference should be submitted on-line at

Materials may be sent to:

Methods and Theory Search, Religious Studies, Yale University, P.O. Box

208287, New Haven, CT 06520-8287

or by e-mail to

The review of applications will begin October 20, 2011. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR annual meeting in San Francisco, Nov 19-22, 2011.



The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

is an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. In addition to academic research, the Institute engages in the public understanding of science and religion.

A post-doctoral Research Associate position has become available at the  Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

 The post involves working with  Prof. John Wood [Imperial College, London] on a project entitled Restoring Spiritual Values to European Research. The overall object is to compare the current status of the European Research Area and its underlying values with those of the founders of the concept of European partnership, with particular reference to religious values.

The successful candidate will have independent research experience and an interest in international research policy and outcomes, and must be in agreement with the ethos and aims of The Faraday Institute.

 The salary for this three-year position will be up to £32,161 per annum,  depending on qualifications and experience, plus benefits. 

Applications quoting Position FP2/6 should include a c/v, naming three  referees, together with a covering letter summarising the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience for this position. 

Applications (preferably by e-mail) should be sent to: The Faraday  Institute Administrator,

Mrs Polly Stanton, St. Edmund’s College, 

Cambridge, CB3 0BN, UK [ <

by  Tuesday 1st November 2011. A job description may also be requested from Mrs Stanton. Interviews will be held in early November. 

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