New Book Reviews Editor!

There’s a new addition to the Correspondences family. No, Aren and Jimmy aren’t having a baby. Rather, we’re happy to announce that Dr. Egil Asprem of UC Santa Barbara will take on the position of Book Reviews Editor as of March 2014. Dr. Asprem recently completed doctoral research at the Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, where his dissertation, entitled “The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939,” earned him both the 2013 ESSWE PhD thesis prize and the Gerardus van der Leeuw prize, awarded by the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG). He was recently awarded the prestigious Veni and Rubicon awards by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). We are excited to have Dr. Asprem aboard, and look forward to a more robust Reviews section than has previously been featured. Correspondences continues to accept unsolicited reviews, which can be submitted by email to

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Conference 2014 “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”

The deadline to submit panel proposals for the “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge” conference, 11-15 May 2014 in Groningen, is fast approaching. Conference organizers tell us they are interested in panels related to esoteric forms of knowledge, so think about submitting ideas for a panel by 15 October. Individual paper proposals are due 1 December 2013. The conference is co-hosted by the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) and the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR).

ISSN 2053-7158

Correspondences recently acquired an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) and as a result we had to replace the files of issue 1, no. 1 (2013). If you have linked our PDFs from your webpage or blog, please note that you will have to change the url to the new one.  In the coming months we will make Correspondences available in scholarly databases and search engines, and we’ll keep you posted about our progress here and on our Facebook page


Ever wonder who the editors of Correspondences are and why they decided to start an open access journal for the study of Western esotericism? Check out this interview with Ethan Doyle White!

Issue 1.1 released

Dear readers,

The inaugural issue of Correspondences is now available here. We hope that you will all enjoy reading issue 1.1 of Correspondences. Please feel free to spread the news of the journal’s release to anyone who might be interested.

In the coming months there will be further updates to the journal aimed at increasing availability and exposure even further. We will be acquiring an ISSN number, forging relationships with scholarly databases, as well as updating our webpage to include other items of interest for scholars of Western esotericism. Stay tuned for more information!


Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema
Editors, Correspondences

Submission Guidelines updated

We just updated our Submission Guidelines. You can find them here.

Congratulations to Dr. Egil Asprem

Congratulations to Dr. Egil Asprem, Correspondences Editorial Board member, who publically defended his dissertation—“The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939”—at the University of Amsterdam on February 5, 2013. Dr. Asprem was awarded a ‘cum laude’ designation, the highest designation available to PhD graduates in the Netherlands.

Synthesis–Esotericism and the Sciences–Junior Scholar Conference

A group of students in the MA program at the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam are hosting a conference for junior scholars of esotericism in April. Here is their call for papers:


The study of Esotericism has proven itself as an independent academic field of research, one which shows many correspondences with other academic disciplines. With the aim to explore a world of Synthesis between Esotericism and the Sciences, we invite junior scholars from diverse backgrounds and academic fields to join us in Amsterdam. Together, we will attempt to transcend disciplinary lines, and to open-up the academy for new discoveries.

SYNTHESIS is happy to confirm:

Prof. Dr. Wouter J. Hanegraaff to give a welcome address.
Dr. Egil Asprem to give a keynote speech

We look forward to receiving your abstract, and note that presentations may run no longer than 20 minutes. Please include with the abstract a bio note, and limit the abstract to 250 words. Please send your abstract to by the DEADLINE: Monday, February 25th, 2013. Offers to chair sessions are also welcome.”

The conference’s Facebook page can be found here.