Intellectual history, Religious studies, Visual studies

Course date

2 July - 7 July, 2018
14 February, 2018
Course Director(s): 

Gyorgy Endre Szonyi

English Department, University of Szeged/Department of History and Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Carsten Wilke

Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Brian Copenhaver

Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies , University of California in Los Angeles, USA

Moshe Idel

Jewish Thought, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Urszula Szulakowska

formerly at Leeds University, UK
The goal of the course is to provide a solid picture of some key phenomena of Western Esotericism – primarily the human self-deification by means of occult and magical means – and the learning outcome should be the acquisition of methodological tools in order to approach and assess those in a reliable scholarly way: close reading of texts; interpretation of images; placing cultural representations in social and historical contexts.