I am Stanislav Panin, a scholar of religion and esotericism, currently serving as a board member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism, a scholarly organization created to promote development of esoteric studies in post-Soviet region.
My primary field of expertise is the study of modern and contemporary Western esoteric currents. Some of the currents I have addressed in my research were Wicca, Thelema, Theosophy, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
In the last few years, however, my interests shifted to the study of late-Soviet esoteric communities. My current research deals with history of esoteric groups in the Soviet Union and their interactions with European and American esoteric communities.
I am also interested in a wide gamut of theoretical problems related to the study of esotericism such as psychological dimension of esoteric practices and historical interactions between philosophy, science, and esotericism.
I give lectures on the history of contemporary esotericism, philosophy of religion, and new religious movements. In my speeches and lectures I also address problems of religious freedom and fundamentalism.