Friday, May 10, 2019

Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (NSEA)

 [First posted in AWOL 15 January 2013, updated 10 May 2019]

Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (NSEA)
Ancient is the website for the Network for the Study of Ancient Esotericism (NSEA), a thematic network associated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). NSEA specializes in the study of esoteric phenomena of the ancient period and provides contact for specialists of ancient esoteric thought, history, and literature.
This website is intended as a resource for scholars and students. While the ancient sources (Gnostic, theurgic, Neoplatonic, Hermetic, etc.) of Western Esotericism possess enormous importance for the development of esoteric currents from the fourteenth century onwards, there remains only a minimum of interaction between the antiquity experts and their (proto)-modern colleagues. The Network therefore is intended to 1) introduce scholarship on ancient esotericism to students of Western Esotericism, 2) serve as a forum in which to exchange ideas, notes and references, etc. outside of other professional bodies which are not concerned with esotericism per se, 3) to coordinate study and workshops with other working groups on the subject, such as the Society of Biblical Literature’s Section on Mysticism, Esotericism, and Gnosticism in Antiquity, and 4) (and most importantly) to provide a junction of the many resources online that can serve as aids in the study of this fascinating and difficult material (dictionaries, textual corpora, blogs, etc.).
NSEA Directors:
Dylan M. Burns, Freie Universität Berlin
Sarah L. Veale, York University
For more information, please contact Dylan M. Burns.
The website was designed by Sarah L. Veale. For questions about the website, including corrections and additions, please contact Sarah L Veale.
To join ESSWE, click here.

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