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European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism

The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism was established in 2005 to advance the academic study of the various manifestations of Western esotericism from late antiquity to the present.

The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) aims to secure the future development of the field of western esotericism. The ESSWE is an affiliated society of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) and a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

Among the activities of the ESSWE are:

*Organizing an international conference every two years and an MA workshop in years in which there is no international conference.

*Promoting further contact and exchange among scholars by organizing regional and thematic networks.

*Promoting scholarly publications, notably the journal Aries and the Aries Book Series.

*Stimulating research and education through prizes and bursaries.

*Promoting academic debate, interdisciplinary and critical approaches, and the application of a variety of scholarly methods.

*Co-operating with other scholarly associations in and beyond Europe.