Submit now for 2015

We hope everyone’s been enjoying the third issue! New content will be appearing very soon under our new publication model, wherein new research and book reviews are published as soon as they’ve gone through the peer-review and revision process. (Articles will still be compiled into complete issues at the end of each calendar year.)

Have you considered joining in the correspondence yourself? We’re always interested in well-researched submissions (5,000-10,000 words) and also accept unsolicited reviews of academic work or re-releases of primary materials connected to the Western esoteric traditions. Thanks to our new publication model, the faster you submit articles to or book reviews to, the faster your thoughts and research go live!

New server

We recently moved our webpage to a new server, which in the long run will make it easier to customise our page and make our articles more accessible in different databases and search engines. In the coming weeks you may experience problems with our webpage, and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you. If you notice something that doesn’t belong or receive an error message when browsing our journal, please do not hesitate sending an e-mail to our webmaster at Thank you.

New pdf version of issue 2.2

A review had fallen out of the pdf version posted yesterday, so we uploaded a new one at 02:30 AM (CET). We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused, and encourage you to download the new version at

Issue 2.2 (2014) released

Dear readers,

We are delighted to inform you that issue 2, vol. 2 of Correspondences is now released. You can find it here. We hope that you will enjoy this third issue of our journal, and would also like to remind you of our Facebook page where we post regular updates on all things concerning the journal. Please feel free to share the journal to anyone who may be interested.


Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema
Editors, Correspondences


Dear readers,

Issue 2.1 (2014) of Correspondences is now available here. We hope that you will all enjoy reading this issue, and you are welcome to spread the news of the journal to anyone who might be interested.


Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema
Editors, Correspondences

Submit for C3!

The second issue of Correspondences will be out very soon! While you wait you may want to start thinking about issue number 3. We’re always interested in high quality submissions (5,000-10,000 words) on subjects related to the academic study of Western esotericism, but we just wanted to let everyone know that those interested in publishing in issue 3 will need to be submit by 1 June 2014. We’re also accepting unsolicited book reviews. If you would like to query the editors before submitting, please contact Aren Roukema or Jimmy Elwing at For book review queries, contact Egil Asprem at

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!