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Contemporary Esotericism Research Network (ContERN)

ContERN is an international network for scholars working on esotericism in the contemporary world. It organizes conferences, conference panels, scholarly publications, and maintains an online presence.

The primary goals of ContERN are to promote scholarship on contemporary esotericism in ways that are congruent with the broader field of Western esotericism; encourage the integration of social scientific theoretical and methodological approaches and perspectives while maintaining a strong emphasis on historical awareness; and actively encourage the development of new theory and method in the field.

Promoting interdisciplinary cooperation is also central to ContERNs goals, and the network seeks to interact with, e.g., sociology, anthropology and various subdisciplines of religious studies. ContERN is affiliated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) as a thematic network. It encourages those scholars interested in our work to consider membership of the ESSWE.