The thematic aim of the conference is to study the variety of ways in which esoteric currents and ideas have participated in the construction of Western modernity. Our special point of interest is, how esoteric and occult conceptions and identities have become intertwined with the personal and shared experiences of modernity and modern life. In relation to this, we look forward to study the meaning of ritual, experientiality and initiation as part of masonic traditions as well as wider field of modern spiritualities. We also want to emphasize the connections between Western esotericism and modern social and cultural phenomena. In this respect, we are interested in interaction between esoteric ideas and modern emancipatory or counter-cultural policies and identities, Western esotericism as part of transnational and orientalist practices, and the dynamics between esoteric ideas and modern knowledge.

The conference board welcomes all scholarly papers considering the topics mentioned above, but will also consider other themes related to the academic study of modern Western esotericism and history of Freemasonry.

The conference board wants to express gratitude for the numerous exciting papers we have received so far. The board has also received inquiries about moving the submission deadline and has decided to extend the Call of Papers. The proposals should include contact information, the title of the presentation and a short abstract (400–600 words).


Conference fees

Early bird fee: 100 € (Registration up to 14 June 2019)

Regular conference fee: 200 € (Registration up to 15 August 2019)

The conference fee includes keynotes and panel sessions, lunch and coffee during breaks.

Post-graduate students, who are employed or otherwise funded, will pay the conference fee with above-mentioned conditions. Post-graduate students without research funding may contact the conference secretaries for further information.

Undergraduate students can participate the conference for free (does not include lunch and coffee).

Conference dinner: 70 € (Optional)