Professor Joy Dixon, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Canada

Professor Dixon’s research on late 19th and early 20th century British occultism has been a pivotal point of reference for the 21th century historiographical studies focusing on occult and esoteric movements and their ideological significance in modernizing fin de siècle Western culture. She is currently working on projects that explore the impact of the new sciences of sexuality and new understandings of sexual identity on religion and religious experience from liberal modernism to the new orthodoxies of conservative Catholicism and modern evangelicalism.

Some publications relevant to the event

Divine Feminine: Theosophy and Feminism in England, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore (2001).

‘Dark Ecstasies’: Sex, Mysticism and Psychology in Early Twentieth‐Century England. Gender & History 3/2013.

Of Many Mahatmas: Besant, Gandhi, and Indian Nationalism, Indian Critiques of Gandhi, ed. Howard Coward, Ithaca: State University of New York Press, (2003), 67–86.



Professor Egil Asprem, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Professor Asprem is one of the most prominent young scholars in the current international study on Western esotericism. His awarded thesis The Problem of Disenchantment (2014) has been recognized as a key work of contemporary research focusing on the relationship between esotericism, science and modernizing epistemologies of the 20th century. He is currently working in projects that explore modern and contemporary esoteric currents, esoteric thought and practice as well as the cognitive and psychological basis for esoteric mentalities and interpretive strategies.

Some publications relevant to the event

The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939, Numen Book Series, Brill, Leiden and Boston (2014).

Esotericism and the Scholastic Imagination: The Origins of Esoteric Practice in Christian Kataphatic Spirituality, Correspondences: Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism, Vol. 4 (2016) 3–36.

Contemporary Esotericism, Equinox Publishing (2013). (with Kenneth Granholm)

Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture, State University of New York Press, Albany (2012).



Fabio Venzi, Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge, Italy

Writer and essayist Fabio Venzi has published extensively on history of Freemasonry and masonic ideas and practices. He has edited a series of studies on “Southern Italy” for “Edizioni d’Arte” in Rome (1998-2001). He is the founder and editor of the philosophical Masonic journal “De Hominis Dignitate“ and has spoken at numerous historical-philosophical and Masonic conferences in Italy and abroad. In 2007 he has been awarded the “Premio Bertrand Russell ai saperi contaminati” by the University of Reggio Calabria, pronouncing a lectio magistralis on “Myths and Symbols in the 20th Century”.

Some publications relevant to the event

The Last Heresy, Freemasonry and Catholic Church, Settimo Sigillo (2017).

The Freemason from Esoterism to Tradition, Settimo Sigillo (2014).

Julius Evola and Freemasonry: An inconvenient truth, Settimo Sigillo (2010).

Freemasonry and Fascism, Castelvecchi Editore (2008).


Antti Talvitie, Architect, MSc, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Finland, Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland

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