ASE 2016 Conference, Michigan

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its sixth International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Our sixth international conference will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, from June 16-19, 2016.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the theme of “Cartographies of the Soul.” The re are many different esoteric models for understanding psyche or the soul: it may be mapped in relation to internal faculties like memory, will, and imagination, or in relation to as external things like the cosmos or the planetary spheres. Images of the soul may also engage musical or natural patterns, bubbles, rivers, trees, orbs or fractals. The array of mappings is potentially infinite.

We are also interested in papers on Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a crossfertilization of perspectives.

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is January 15th 2016.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by email to

For more information on the ASE 2016 conference, see our website at

An additional announcement will be forthcoming on the 2016 ASE conference, with information on location, hotels, and conference registration.