Members of the project have participated in producing the current issue of Approaching religion. Tiina Mahlamäki and Maarit Leskelä-Kärki edited a special issue on the history of modern Western esotericism to this academic open access journal published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History in Åbo, Finland. The purpose of the journal is to publish current research on religion and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field.
This thematic issue of Approaching Religion aims at presenting some of the current multidisciplinary research done in this field in Finland. Most of the writers of the articles are researchers involved in the project ”Seekers of the New”; together with the guest editors they represent the fields of study of religion, cultural history, literary
studies, history, art history, and history of ideas.
Most of the articles in this special issue are focusing on Finnish sources and people in the history of Finland (such as Vera Hjelt, Carl Robert Sederholm, Uno and Olly Donner), but at the same time, the European, and also transnational, nature of esotericism is at the very core of these studies. The most important focus of all these articles is their historical nature, as they all use historical source material and aim at seeing individuals, phenomena and ideas in a wider cultural, social and historical context. All the articles in this current journal approach esotericism from the perspective of individual actors. Some of the articles are more biographical in their nature, and some concentrate on addressing a certain idea in one person’s life or thoughts. The issue is also filled with photographs, such as some rare material from the photograph collection of the Donners.
You can read more about the issue from the editorial and the whole issue with its six articles and four book reviews are available here.
Thank you all who participated in making the issue and special thanks to Donnerska for their co-operation!