I am a scholar of religion and esotericism. I have received a degree of candidate of sciences in philosophy at Moscow State University (Russia) in 2015. My dissertation focused on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and attempted to represent its doctrines in the context of fin de siècle European philosophy. Since 2018 I continue my research as a doctoral student at Rice University (Houston, TX). I also serve as a board member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism and Mysticism, a non-profit 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. Topics that I have addressed before include Wicca, Thelema, Theosophy, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. My current research, however, deals primarily with the history of esoteric groups in the Soviet Union, especially during the late-Soviet period (1953 – 1991).
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. On a more practical level, I am interested in mechanisms of construction of ideologies, issues of freedom of religion and belief, conspiracy theories, and religious fundamentalism.
The Latin lookup module is intended as a quick reference tool for readers of medieval and early modern magical literature. The core vocabulary is selected from a treatise De Radiis written by a medieval philosopher al-Kindi.