About Me

My name is Stanislav Panin, I am a scholar interested in the study of contemporary forms of spirituality, philosophy of culture, psychological roots of religion, and social functions of religion and esotericism. I am also fascinated with programming and data science and explore intersections between humanities and new technologies.

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Recent Publications

  1. Conspiracy Narratives in Russia: A Search for Identity, Religious Worldviews, and Russian Politics
    Religion Compass, vol. 16, issue 8, 2022
  2. Soviet Atlantis: Between Science Fiction and Esoteric Communities
    Literary History, vol. 52, no. 171, 2020, 123-147
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Digital Projects

Interactive tools in this section are aimed to facilitate learning, research, and teaching history of philosophy, religion, and esotericism.

  • 2023-01-01  Timelines  New data points and descriptions were added to the American Metaphysical Movements timeline. It currently features 21 unique events with 8 descriptions.
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Esotericism and political ideologies

The belief in superhuman powers of political leaders has ancient origins and persisted well into modernity. In the twentieth century, we saw a plethora of high-profile politicians interested in esoteric subjects as well as persecutions against independent esoteric communities. Both rest on the same intuition of connection between magical and political power. Political leaders seek to control this power, to restrict its unauthorized use, and to utilize this power to enchant people.

2023-08-01 · Read ›

Programming with Bahá'ís

The post begins with a particular Linux program that has an unexpected connection to Bahá'í Faith and explores Bahá'í attitudes towards science and new technologies specifically focusing on the conversation about the transformative power and possible perils of the Internet.

2022-12-13 · Read ›

A Computer is a Plato's Cave

From the early days of personal computers, they were used as a metaphor for esoteric reality that resembles Renaissance visions of Hermetic universe. This metaphor emerged, at least in part, because computers themselves were a product of esoteric imagination. However, do they still retain this emancipatory esoteric power?

2022-12-05 · Read ›

Bibliography of Ioan Couliano

This post includes a selected and annotated bibliography of books by Ioan Petru Couliano (Culianu) (1950 – 1991). I focus primarily on books attempting to provide a better sense of continuity within Coulianos corpus by highlighting connections between different texts.

2021-05-29 · Read ›