Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff

With the Infinite Fire Webinar Series, the Ritman Library and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) of the University of Amsterdam have joined forces and are planting the seed for a Scholarly Hermetic Circle. The series represents an initiative to transform the ideal into the real: opening up the living tradition by relating that which is being preserved in the academy to that which is being preserved in the library. Written sources meet living voices, wisdom meets knowledge, ancient tradition meets contemporary thinking: together they create a new story to share, accessible online for anyone interested. The webinars are part of the project Hermetically Open.

A series of 9 webinars will be broadcasted online, featuring three experts connected to the GHF, who will be elaborating on their academic passions in relation to the library’s treasures. The format is 3 x 3; the first 3 are hosted by Dr. Peter J. Forshaw, the second 3 by Prof. Dr. Wouter. J. Hanegraaff, and the final 3 by Dr. Marco Pasi.

The first three webinars by Peter Forshaw can be viewed on our website:

Infinite Fire Webinar I – The Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum
Infinite Fire Webinar II – The Emblemata of the Atalanta Fugiens
Infinite Fire Webinar III – Monas Hieroglyphica

Stay tuned for the next Infinite Fire Webinar by Wouter J. Hanegraaff on the revival of Ancient Wisdom in the Renaissance with a focus on Plethon and Marsilio Ficino, online by the end of February.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff (1961) is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam. He studied music (classical guitar) at the Municipal Conservatory of Zwolle, and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht, where he specialized in the study of alternative spiritual movements during the twentieth century.

Since the mid-1990s, Hanegraaff has been active at the forefront of the academic study of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents, also known as “Western Esotericism”. His dissertation New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (Brill 1996/State University of New York Press 1998) was the first study that placed contemporary “esoteric” religion in the broader context of Hermetic and related currents since the Renaissance, and is considered a standard work in the field.

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