Occult South Asia. From the 19th to the 21st Century

23.11.2018 - 24.11.2018

In the academic study of esoteric currents and occultism, the theme “India” has remained a strong undercurrent since the early days. There have been discussions around the concept of “the Mystic East” or “the Magic East” and its influence towards Western esotericism from the very beginning. In recent times, approaches that emphasise the interaction of South Asian and foreign occult cultures in colonial and postcolonial times have become increasingly important.

The workshop aims to contribute to a critical and nuanced understanding of

  • occult and esoteric currents and their practitioners in modern South Asia
  • the impact of South Asian ideas and practices on modern esoteric and occult currents on the global stage.

South Asia will thus be viewed as a theme as well as a site for the study of esotericism and occultism. Steps will be taken in establishing occult South Asia as a significant field in South Asian academic research.

Institut für Relgionswissenschaft, Universität Wien | Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde | u.a.
Campus of the University of Vienna, Aula