Past Events


ULT (United Lodge of Theosophists) Centennial
2009 International Theosophy Conferences

August 6-9

Theosophy Hall
( and
Davidson Center

(University of Southern California)


Theosophy: "What It Is: How It Works: Why Study It"



Theosophical History Conference
London, July 7-8, 2007

The Foundation for Theosophical Studies is hosting an international conference on theosophical history on the weekend of 7-8 July 2007 at 50 Gloucester Place, London WIU 8EA, England. Previous conferences have been held in London in 1986-9, 1995 1997 2003 and 2005, and others in San Diego, USA and Edmonton, Canada.

Saturday 7 July

10:00 am – Registration and refreshments

10:25 am – Welcome by National President, Colin Price

10:30 am – Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
        "Orientalism and Theosophy: The TS and the Mystic East"

11:15 am – James Santucci
     "A.P. Sinnett’s Esoteric Buddhism and the Notion of Esoteric Buddhism in the Wisdom Tradition"

12:00 am – Refreshments

2:00 pm – Colum Hayward

                        "Whatever happened to the Polaires?"

2:45 pm – Refreshments

3:15 pm – Julie Hall "Subtle Bodies in Theosophy"

4:30 pm – Theosophical History – the discipline, problems and prospects – a symposium

5:20 pm – Barry Thompson

                        "Treasures from the T.S. Library and Archives."

6:05 pm               INTERMISSION

6:30 pm – Jerry Ekins
"Brothers of the Shadow: Conspiracies Against the Theosophical Society and the World Order During the Besant and Post Besant Eras.”

7:30 pm – Conference day ends

Sunday 8 July

10:00 am – Registration and refreshments

10:30 am – Kim Farnell
"Hiram Butler and the emergence of Solar Astrology"

11:15 am – Alex Trenoweth
"The Salvation Army and the Theosophical Society-Personal and Astrological Links."

12:00 am – Refreshments

1:30 pm – Jerry Ekins
"Alexandria West – a new project

2:15 pm – Leslie Price
"Henry Olcott weighed in the balances"

2:30 pm – Refreshments

3:00 pm – Brett Forray
"Autonomy or Succession of the American Section: The Different Views  of William Q. Judge and Henry S. Olcott on the Development of The  Theosophical Society"

4:15 pm – Closing remarks.


Theosophical History Conference:
July 2005

The Foundation for Theosophical Studies is hosting an international conference on theosophical history on the weekend of 2-3 July 2004 at 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA , England. Previous conferences have been held in London in 1986-9, 1995. 1997, and 2003, and others in San Diego, USA and Edmonton, Canada.

Any person may offer a paper for consideration by the Programme Committee, on any aspect of theosophical history. Summaries not exceeding 500 words should be sent before 1 January 2005 to Colyn Boyce, Information Officer, either by post or electronically to

Presentations will normally last thirty minutes with fifteen minutes for discussion. Any audiovisual requirements should be specified.
The conference is non-residential, and only light refreshments will be served. Those presenting papers, and those attending as guests must make their own arrangements for travel, meals and accommodation. There will be a small fee for registration.


Provisional programme

The Foundation for Theosophical Studies is hosting an international conference on theosophical history on the weekend of 2-3 July 2005 at  50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA , England. Previous conferences have been held in London in 1986-9, 1995 1997 and 2003, and others in San Diego, USA and Edmonton, Canada.

Saturday 2 July

10.00 am      Registration and refreshments

10.25             Welcome by National President, Colin Price

10.30              Kim Farnell  “The occult life of Bulwer Lytton”

11.15   Dr Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke  “From Theosophy to Jungian Psychology: the esoteric progression of G. R. S. Mead”

12.00   Refreshments

1.15 Clare Goodrick-Clarke “ Mead’s view of Gnosticism and Hermeticism”

2.00   R. A. Gilbert  “Confluent streams of thought : the theory and practice of western spirituality in the work of G. R. S. Mead and A. E. Waite”

2.45 Refreshments

3.15  Pat Deveney “’Cognoscitur ab inimicis?’ What can the claims of H.P.B.’s Occult Enemies Tell us about Her Purposes.”

4.30  Katinka Hesselink  “The Theosophical Seal – a look into origins and variations”

 5.20  Stephen Butt  “R. J. Lees, Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper –myth and reality”


6.30  Dr Christine Garwood “The Great Victorian Flat Earth Controversy.”

 7.30 Conference day ends

Sunday 3 July

10.00   Registration and refreshments

10.30   Mike Hall “Mozart’s Music - synchronicity and the mysteryschools”

11.15George Young “Theosophical Images in Silver Age Russian poetry”

12.00 Refreshments

1.30 Michael Gomes “The enduring relevance of HPB”

2.15  Kim Farnell introduces her new biography of Mabel Collins.

2.30 Refreshments

3 00   Jean Overton Fuller  “The Besant/Leadbeater presentation of Theosophy”

4.15 Closing remarks.


"The Theosophical Movement -- Past, Present, and Future"
August 6, 7, and 8
Held at The Town & Country Resort and Convention Center,
San Diego, California - 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
Reservations: (800) 445-2324 - Conference Coordinators: E-mail:


MA Programmes in the Study of Western Esotericism

at the University of Wales Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales SA48 7ED, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1570 424748 Fax: +44 1570 423530

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Wales Lampeter offers taught postgraduate Master's courses and supervision for the PhD in the areas of Theosophy, Western Esotericism and Religious Experience. Doctoral
(PhD degree) and postdoctoral research is promoted through the Centre for Western Esotericism (Director: Dr Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke) ("Staff" & "Research Centres")

The Master's programmes are distance-learning postgraduate degrees, comprising six (taught) modules requiring a 5,000 word essay per module, and a 20,000 word dissertation to qualify. Students have the (non-obligatory) option of attending "residentials" (3-day programmes of lectures, seminars, workshops, video presentations and personal tutorials) with the team of course lecturers and associated faculty at the University of Wales Lampeter, three times a year. The University is located in the beautiful countryside of historic Cardiganshire in west Wales, with excellent air and rail communications to Cardiff (International) Airport and London. These gatherings are very popular with the students and faculty. The MA programmes are distance-learning, so the University of Wales Lampeter is expecting the courses to attract significant enrolments from overseas, including the United States. This programme offers the first academic opportunity to enrol in postgraduate courses (taught MA and PhD by research) in Theosophy and Western Esotericism in the English-speaking world. Lampeter (est. 1822) is the third oldest university after Oxford and Cambridge in England and Wales and its Department of Theology and Religious Studies is renowned for its pioneering Master's programmes in the field of spirituality and religion.

MA in Theosophy and Western Esotericism
(forthcoming September 2004)
A six-module (120 credits) with a dissertation (60 credits).
Two compulsory core modules in The Western Esoteric Tradition: An Historical Survey
Part I: Ancient World to Renaissance; Part II: Reformation to the Present
(Dr Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke) and Research Methodology.
Optional modules are chosen from the following choices:

  • From Alexandria to Florence: The Transmission & Rebirth of Esoteric Knowledge (Dr Angela Voss)

  • The Hermetic Art of Alchemy (Clare Radene Goodrick-Clarke)
  • Renaissance Kabbalah and Number-Symbolism (tba)
  • Rosicrucianism & Freemasonry (Tobias Churton)
  • Theosophy and the Globalization of Esotericism (Dr Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke)
  • Nature-Philosophy from Romanticism to Anthroposophy (tba)
  • The Mysteries of Britain: Esoteric Imaginaries, 18th c. to the New Age (tba)





XVIIIè colloque international sous la présidence d’Emile Poulat (CNRS-EHESS)


Samedi 6 et dimanche 7 décembre 2003

Samedi 6, matin à 9 heures, Sorbonne, EPHE, 5è. section (esc..E), salle Mauss,

Lucien Braun : «Paracelse et la problématique de l’occulte»

Clare Goodrick-Clarke : « Rationalist, Empiricist, or Romantic Naturphilosoph? Samuel Hahnemann’s World view and its Legacy”

Claude Rétat : «Jean-Marie Ragon et le modèle du maçon guérisseur»

Samedi après-midi à 14heures 30, salle Mauss

Roger Dachez : « Papus médeçin, les sortilèges d’Hippocrate à la Belle Epoque »

Jean-Pierre Laurant : «La médecine occulte dans les archives de la Librairie Chacornac»

Xavier Accart : «Le groupe Winter entre perspective ‘traditionnelle’ et expérimentation médicale»

Régis Dericquebourg : «Les traitements spirituels dans les religions de guérison»

Dimanche matin à 9 heures 30, salle Mauss

Emile Poulat : «Le Docteur Paul Carton, ‘La Science occulte’ et les sciences occultes»

Jean-Pierre Chantin : «Nizier Philippe, guérisseur lyonnais»



Le numéro 18 de Politica Hermetica «Astrologie et pouvoir» sortira à l’occasion du colloque et sera disponible à l’entrée


Call for Papers

Conference on Esoteric Religious Traditions

The Association for the Study of Esotericism is seeking paper
and panel proposals for our first North American Conference on
"Esotericism: From Europe to North America" to be held 3-5 June,
2004, at Michigan State University. We seek proposals for papers and
panels on: Gnosticism and Hermeticism, Alchemy, Astrology, Folk
magical traditions in North America, Magic and Secrecy, New Religious
Movements, Asian influences on Western traditions. Send your proposal to conference organizers at Please limit abstracts to a paragraph or two and indicate your academic affiliation or qualifications. Email submission preferred. Proposal deadline
(preferred): 31 December, 2003.

c/o Esoterica,
235 Bessey Hall,
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA

Call for Papers
The Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion
Seventh Annual Regional Conference:

“The Metaphysical Tradition and Its Movements”
October 24 and 25, 2003
Tampa, Florida

(Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of American Religion)

The Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Regional Conference. The Conference will be at Embassy Suites on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. The theme of the conference is “The Metaphysical Tradition and Its Movements.”
We are especially interested in papers dealing with questions related to transitional periods in the metaphysical tradition as a whole or specific movements in particular. We are also interested in papers dealing with questions related to points of contact and confluence between the movements. Papers dealing with other questions are certainly welcome.
All proposals will be considered, with special consideration given to papers on topics noted above as they relate to Swedenborgianism, New Thought, Theosophy, and Scientology. Proposals will be reviewed by referees of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion or other specialists in specific areas.
Proposals (no more than 500 words) must be accompanied by an abstract (no
more than 150 words). Submit four copies (each) of the proposal and the
abstract; put your name and institutional affiliation on one copy of each
and only the title on the other three. Please include your return address
on a separate sheet. Deadline for proposals is August 15, 2003.
Send proposals and abstracts to:
Dell deChant
Department of Religious Studies - CPR 304-A
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

Register early to “lock in” fees—on site registration will carry a 10% surcharge)

? Students with valid I.D. — no charge (entire conference, except for meals)

? SSMR members: p one day — $35; ? two days — $50 (entire conference,
except for Saturday banquet)

? Non-members: ? one day — $50; ? two days — $70 (entire conference, except
for Saturday banquet)
? Cost for Saturday dinner: $25 — add to student, member, or non-member
registration fee:
? Student fee (+$25) (? $25 total)

? Member fee (+$25) (? $75 total, two days) (? $60 total, one day)

? Non-member fee (+$25) (? $95 total two days) (? $75 total one day



June 14 – 15, 2003

The Foundation for Theosophical Studies is hosting an international conference on theosophical history on the weekend of 14-15 June 2003 at  50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA , England. Previous conferences have been held in London in 1986-9, 1995 and 1997, and others in San Diego, USA and Edmonton, Canada. The Program includes the following participants. For further information, click on Theosophical Society.

Nicholas Goodricke- Clarke "The Divine Fire: H.P. Blavatsky and the theology of electricity"

Barry Thompson "The Mystery of P.G. Bowen and the Bowen Notes on The Secret Doctrine

Jean Overton Fuller "Krishnamurti and the wind"

Kevin Tingay "The ritual dimension of theosophy- some forgotten endeavours"

Robert .A. Gilbert "Independent witnesses – Observers of English occultism in the Victorian Era"

Stephen Butt "Queen Victoria’s Clairvoyant"

Kim Farnell "The Nine Lives of Mabel Collins"

Shinichi Yoshinaga,( Japan) "Japanese Buddhism and the Theosophical Movement"

Mike Hall ( Edinburgh Lodge) "The hidden esoteric meaning to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony” ( “The Apotheosis of the Dance”)

"Madame Blavatsky, Buddhism and Tibet in recent debate"

Paul Johnson ( in absentia) "History as heresy – clashing perspectives on Theosophical history"


Seventh Annual Regional Conference

Co-Sponsored by Theosophical History
“The Metaphysical Tradition & Its Movements”
October 26 and 27, 2001
California State University—Fullerton

The Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Regional Conference. The Conference will be at California State University—Fullerton and co-hosted by Theosophical History, a quarterly journal of research on the Theosophical tradition. The theme of the conference is “The Metaphysical Tradition & Its Movements.” Please register as soon as possible and lock in fees — see enclosed flyer for registration form.

The conference is open to the public. Two dinners are planned. Further details will be sent to persons planning to attend. Please register as soon as possible.

Twelve papers and four lectures are tentatively scheduled. The Plenary Address will be given by Catherine Albanese (University of California—Santa Barbara). Other confirmed presenters include: J. Gordon Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion), James Santucci (California State University—Fullerton), Gail Harley (University of South Florida), and Dell deChant (University of South Florida).

See the following link for more information and a registration form. Please register early if you plan to attend.

NOVEMBER 18-21, 2000


Western Esotericism from the Early Modern Period

James A. Santucci, California State University, Fullerton, Presiding

Theme: Western Esotericism: Definitions, Personalities, and Methodologies

Antoine Faivre, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne),
The Term Esotericism in and a propos Free-Masonry

Hereward Tilton, University of Queensland,
Defining Alchemy: The Case of Count Michael Maier (1569-1622),
Iatrochemist and Rosicrucian Apologist

Geoffrey McVey, Syracuse University
Esotericism and the Materiality of Imagination

David L. Smith, Central Michigan University
Secrecy and Self-Evidence in the Religious Thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson

James Burnell Robinson, University of Northern Iowa, Respondent

Jerry Hejka-Ekins, California State University, Stanislaus, Respondent

James A. Santucci, Department of Comparative Religion, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92834-6868.
TELEPHONE: 714/278-3727 FAX: 714/693-0142.

Paper proposals are welcome in the following areas of inquiry: early modern (c. from1550) to contemporary esoteric societies or movements, individuals who have contributed significantly to esoteric practice and knowledge, and a discussion of major ideas that may clarify an understanding of esotericism. We are particularly interested in how Western esotericism has influenced Western civilization. These areas of investigation reflect the topics of the session, "Western Esotericism: Movements, Personalities, Themes." Please send one page proposal and three blind copies to James A. Santucci.

For further information on the AAR, go to

Previous Announcements:

Both Leslie Price in London and Tor Ahlback in Sweden have announced proposed conferences on Theosophical History to be held in spring 1999. Further details as they become available.

"A Forum For Presentations and Open Dialogue"

Edmonton T.S. will be hosting a conference July 3-5, 1998 for the presentation of previously unpublished papers focussing on what H.P. Blavatsky presented and/or her influence on 20th century thought. Guidelines for papers are posted below. Please advise the Conference Committee as early as possible of your intentions to participate. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 1998.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please feel free to mention this conference to others whom you feel may be interested.


For Papers On The Works and Influence of H.P. Blavatsky

Theosophy and Theosophic Thought Seminar
AAR, San Francisco, November 23, 1997