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Mid Sweden University Higher Seminar on Esotericism from Antiquity to Modern Times.

In the Study of religions at Mid Sweden University we have established this online seminar in order to build a unique research environment across disciplinary and national borders. We discuss research on esotericism in a broad meaning in past and present. The idea is to provide an environment in which scholars get their work scrutinized by leading experts. The ambition is also to raise new research questions, in order to organize conferences that lead to cutting edge publications.

It is an online seminar. By internet connection and using a headset we talk in real-time. The regular meetings hopefully help us to influence each other and formulate new research questions out of which new theoretical perspectives may evolve. We welcome participants with at least bachelor’s degree. We welcome work in progress, suggestions for interesting literature that we can discuss etc.

To join our mailing list and to be a part of our research environment please contact associate professor Jörgen Magnusson at or by phone: +46 708 23 52 42.

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Program for spring 2015

Below you find the program for spring 2015. For fall 2015, we plan six meetings so please contact Jörgen Magnusson if you want to present something.

The time is always 16:15-17:30 Central European time.
The place is always:

If you need guidance in order to familiarize yourself with the virtual environment, and/or if you want to present research on the seminar please contact Jörgen Magnusson

Please use a headset. First time it is necessary to run the audio setup wizard.

11 March
Dr. Per Faxneld, Mid Sweden University presents his postdoc project on the reception of Lilith in contemporary esoteric movements.

8 April
PhD candidate Paul Linjamaa, Lund University presents work in progress "A Valentinian View on Emotions: Stoic influence on the Tripartite Tractate”.

6 May
Matthew Twigg, PhD candidate of Oxford University, presents his research on the toll-collectors of The Apocalypse of Paul, Nag Hamadi Codex V. Dr. Michael Kaler, University of Toronto-Mississauga will introduce the discussion. 

20 May
Associate professor Ruth Illman, Turku presents work in progress on “Jewish Mysticism Today: Practicing Niggunim in London?”

27 May
Associate professor Martin Gansten, University of Lund presents his paper "Ars, technē, śāstra, ʿilm: What’s in a name?

Cordially welcome!