The Occult in Academia
I remember browsing the web and coming across a page by some Netherlands university that had a Western Esotericism Department, or whatever it was called... Anyone know of any academic interest in the occult? Or, would also love to hear reports of attempts to establish some of the institutions that teach thelema the OTO (if I recall) aims to set up. Here in Toronto, Canada, not much is happening with magick and thelema etc.
The University of Amsterdam is having that Department, also the very interesting Ritman Library is associated with it, in the U.K. there are a few universities dealing with the Occult, but I do not anymore recall which ones and how much (only 1 or 2, I think).
The Society for the Academic Study of Magic may interest you. One of the founders is our very own Dave Evans who posts here. They have a very informative discussion list as well you can subscribe to on this site.
"Established in Bristol, UK, in 2002 by two Bristol University postgraduates, Alison Butler and Dave Evans, the Society for the Academic Study of Magic (SASM) was created to further communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of all aspects of magic and esotericism. SASM aims to promote and foster academic understandings of magic and enhance the reputation of such understandings within the academy."
Hope its ok to post this link.
The University of Bradford has a section on its website devoted to masonic lectures, http://www.brad.ac.uk/webofhiram/ where there is the following encouraging mission and vision statement:
"It is in effect a scrap heap of discarded ritual and belief..."
Just finished reading 'The western Esoteric Traditions' by Nicholas Goodrick -Clarke
The blurb reads: NG-C is Professor of Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter and Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism (EXESESO). He is author of The Occult Roots of Nazism.
I've seen several adverts for post-grad degrees in Esoteric Studies, Renaissance Hermeticism, and a rather interesting one in the Cultural Study of cosmology and divination at the university of Kent.
I'm looking forward to my retirement already!
I just discovered from the newspage of the Treadwell's website that "Phoenix Rising Academy of Esoteric Studies and Creative Arts", www.phoenixrising.org.gr will probably start with their launch of their online courses in the Autumn-Winter period of 2010.
What is taught at the University of Exeter is also being taught at the University of Sorbonne.