Teaching Experiential Dimensions of Western Esotericism
William B. Parsons (ed.), Teaching Mysticism, Oxford University Press 2011, 154-169.
Criticising common understandings of "mysticism" (with references especially to the influential approach of Louis Bouyer), I explain why in my own program I focus rather on the search for "gnosis" in Western esotericism, with special emphasis on the relevance in that respect of Alterations of Consciousness.
Kabbalah in Gnosis Magazine (1985-1999)
Boaz Huss (ed.), Kabbalah and Contemporary Spiritual Revival (The Goldstein-Goren Library of Jewish Thought Publication No. 14), Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press: Beer-Sheva 2011, 251-266.
A short analysis of Gnosis Magazine, a pioneering periodical for the popular market that helped lifting popular perceptions of esotericism to a somewhat higher level of quality during the 1980s and 1990s. I concentrate on how kabbalah is being discussed in this magazine.
Ayahuasca Groups and Networks in the Netherlands:
A Challenge to the Study of Contemporary Religion
Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Henrik Jungaberle (eds.), The Internationalization of Ayahuasca, Lit Verlag: Zürich / Berlin 2011, 85-103.
This article begins with a short overview of the Dutch "ayahuasca scene," followed by a more theoretical analysis of its legal situation in the Netherlands and the wider issue of definitions of "religion" and their implications for freedom of religion.
Joseph Ennemoser and Magnetic Historiography
Politica Hermetica 25 (2011), 65-83.
This article about the the Romantic Mesmerist Joseph Ennemoser and his "History of Magic" is based on the relevant chapter in Esotericism and the Academy.