Update on ASE 2018: Academic Paper

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

I want to extend long overdue and heartfelt thanks here to Gordan Djurdjevic for producing a rigorous, insightful, critical analysis of my practice and the 156 Current which was presented at the 7th International Conference of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE). Rice University, Houston, May 24-27, 2018.

Gordan’s work may be familiar to readers here from the essay ‘Our Lady Babalon and her Cup of Fornications: Approaches to a Thelemic Goddess’ which he contributed to the Three Hands Press anthology: A Rose Veiled in Black-Arcana and Art of Our Lady Babalon.

As a much respected writer/scholar, his main research interests are vernacular traditions of yoga and tantra and their impact on new religious movements in the West; Thelema; cultural history of the 20th century and contemporary occultism; and comparative esotericism. Previous publications include: “Masters of Magical Powers: The Nath Yogis in the Light of Esoteric Notions” (VDM, 2008), a contribution to the anthology on “Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism” (Oxford University Press, 2012); co-edited, with Henrik Bogdan, a collection of essays on “Occultism in a Global Perspective (Acumen, 2013; reprint Routledge, 2014); and wrote a book about the influence of Indian, primarily Hindu, spirituality on Western occultism, “India and the Occult”  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His latest book, done in collaboration with Shukdev Singh, with Djurdjevic’s introduction and notes, is “Sayings of Gorakhnāth: Annotated translation of the Gorakh Bānī” (Oxford University Press, 2019).

The paper: THE PRIESTESS OF BABALON: THE CONVERGENCE BETWEEN MAGIC, EROS, BODY, AND FEMINISM IN THE WORK OF AMODALI can be viewed on the Academia.edu website via the link below.