About the Association for the Study of Esotericism
In May, 2002, the journal Esoterica hosted the First North American Symposium on the Study of Esotericism at Michigan State University. There, the invited participants created a new scholarly organization, the Association for the Study of Esotericism [ASE], along with a mission statement and a set of goals. This organization subsequently was incorporated in August, 2002, as a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The primary mission of this organization is to support excellence in scholarship and to foster communication among scholars who, though their work originates from a wide range of fields, find esotericism a common theme of their research.
Our Board includes Arthur Versluis (Michigan State University), President, Lee Irwin (College of Charleston) Vice President, Melinda Weinstein (Lawrence Technological University) Secretary, M. E. Warlick (University of Denver), Claire Fanger (Rice University), Phillip Lucas (Stetson University) and Nell Champoux (Syracuse University).
THE SECOND AND THIRD VOLUMES IN THE STUDIES IN ESOTERICISM BOOK SERIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON AND OTHER RETAILERS.
Esotericism, Religion, and Nature illuminates the way that nature is understood by major esoteric figures and traditions. Taken together, these articles shed new light on the connections between humanity, nature, and religion. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Wouter Hanegraaff, Lee Irwin, Richard Smoley, Arthur Versluis, M. E. Warlick, and many others. The second in a series of volumes on Western esotericism, this book emerged from international academic conferences held by the Association for the Study of Esotericism. In this groundbreaking collection, leading scholars in this emerging field explore how nature can be understood in a wide range of esoteric religious contexts. Included here are articles on subjects ranging from alchemy and panpsychism to music, Appalachian folk magic, and new religions.
Our third volume in the series Studies in Esotericism, Esotericism, Religion, and Politics was published in 2012. In this groundbreaking collection, scholars explore how politics can be understood in a much wider range of esoteric religious contexts than is usually recognized. Included here are articles on subjects ranging across the modern era and from a broad geographical expanse, including Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and North America. This is the first book to focus on how esotericism and politics intersect not only across the conventional spectrum, but also outside it. Taken together, these articles shed new light on the connections between politics and religion. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Lee Irwin, Daniel McKanan, Arthur Versluis, M. E. Warlick, and many others. The book can be purchased here.
Please visit the website of our sister organization, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE, www.esswe.org), for information about other academic events in this field.