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Dr. Julian Strube

 

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Julian Strube works on the DFG-funded postdoc project entitled "Tantra Within the Context of a Global Religious History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," which focuses on the exchanges between Bengali and Western intellectuals in colonial Bengal. The leading themes of his research are the relationship between religion and politics, as well as the debates about the meaning of religion, science, and philosophy since the nineteenth century. He studied Medieval/Modern History and Religious Studies at Heidelberg University (M.A. 2010). His studies and a temporary appointment as associate professor led him to the University of Amsterdam in the years 2009 and 2017, respectively. In the context of his M.A. thesis, he worked on the relationship between völkisch movements, National Socialism, neo-Nazism, and esotericism. This resulted in his first monograph about the fictitious energy Vril and its reception since the nineteenth century (Wilhelm Fink 2013). In 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies for his dissertation on the relationship between Socialism, Catholicism, and Occultism in Nineteenth-Century France (published by De Gruyter in 2016).



DFG project: Tantra Within the Context of a Global Religious History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
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PhD thesis:
Socialism, Catholicism, and Occultism in Nineteenth-Century France. The Genealogy of the Writings of Eliphas Lévi
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E-Mail: julian.strube@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de

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Academic career


  • Since July 2017: Continuation of the project on "Tantra and the Global Religious History of the 19th and 20th Century," funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • September 2016-July 2017: Associate professor at the University of Amsterdam.
  • April 2016: Start of a project on "Tantra and the Global Religious History of the 19th and 20th Century," funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • May 2015: Project Coordinator/Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," MC7: “Political Legitimation," Heidelberg University.
  • April 2015: PhD (Dr. phil.) in the Study of Religions with high distinction (summa cum laude).
  • 2011-2014: PhD scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

  • December 2010: Graduation, Magister Artium (grade 1,0).

  • 2009-2010: Semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam.

  • 2008-2011: Scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

  • 2007-2010: Studies in Medieval/Modern History and the Study of Religions, Heidelberg University.

  • 2005-2006: Studies in Medieval/Modern History and Philosophy, Heidelberg University.

  • Born in 1985 in Heidelberg.


Areas of Expertise


  • Global history since the nineteenth century, with a focus on Europe, North America, and India.
  • Esotericism and New Religious Movements.
  • Religion and politics: Socialism; völkisch movements and Ariosophy; National Socialism; neo-Nazism and far-right extremism; totalitarianism.
  • Religion and science in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Theories of modernization and secularization.
  • Theory and method in the Study of Religions.

Publications



Monographs

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • "Socialism and Esotericism in July Monarchy France," in: History of Religions 57/2, 2017, pp. 197-221.
  • "Occultist Identity Formations Between Theosophy and Socialism in fin-de-siècle France," in: Numen 64/5-6, 2017, pp. 568-595.
  • "Revolution, Illuminismus und Theosophie: Eine Genealogie der 'häretischen' Historiographie des frühen französischen Sozialismus und Kommunismus," in: Historische Zeitschrift 304/1, 2017, pp. 50-89.
  • "The 'Baphomet' of Eliphas Lévi: Its Meaning and Historical Context", in: Correspondences 4, 2017, pp. 37-79.
  • "Socialist Religion and the Emergence of Occultism: A Genealogical Approach to Socialism and Secularization in 19th-Century France," in: Religion 46/3, 2016, pp. 359-388.
  • "Transgressing Boundaries. Social Reform, Theology, and the Demarcations between Science and Religion," in: Aries 16/1, 2016, pp. 1-11.
  • "Ein neues Christentum. Frühsozialismus, Neo-Katholizismus und die Einheit von Religion und Wissenschaft", in: Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 66/2 , 2014, pp. 140-162.
  • "Die Erfindung des esoterischen Nationalsozialismus im Zeichen der Schwarzen Sonne", in: Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 20/2, 2012, pp. 223-268.

Chapters and Anthologies
  • "Contested Christianities: Communism and Religion in July Monarchy France," in: Arvidsson, Stefan, Jakub Beneš & Anja Kirsch (eds.), Socialist Imaginations: Utopias, Myths, and the Masses, London/New York: Routledge 2018, S. 21-40.
  • "Tantra und Katholizismus im Kontext eine globalen Religionsgeschichte," in: Olaf Blaschke & Francisco Javiér Ramón Solans (eds.), Weltreligion im Umbruch: Transnationale Perspektiven auf das Christentum in der Globalisierung des 19. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt: Campus Verlag 2018.
  • "Esoterik und Rechtsextremismus," in: Udo Tworuschka (ed.), Handbuch der Religionen, 55. Ergänzungsband, München: Olzog-Verlag 2018, S. 1-20.
  • "Nazism and the Occult," in: Christopher Partridge (ed.), The Occult World, London/New York: Routledge 2015, pp. 336-347.
  • "Hinduism, Western Esotericism and New Age Religion", in: Knut Jacobsen/Ferdinando Sardella (eds.), Handbook of Hinduism in Europe, 2 vols., Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  • "Yoga and Meditation in Esoteric Traditions," in: Suzanne Newcombe & Karen O’Brien-Kop (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies, London/New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • "Eliphas Lévi: Lucifer as Revolutionary and Redeemer", in: Faxneld, Per & Nilson, Johan (eds.), Satanism: A Reader, New York et al.: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Fascism and Nazism (neo)", in: Egil Asprem (ed.), Brill Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  • "Savitri Devi", in: Egil Asprem (ed.), Brill Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  • "Tantra (contemporary)", in: Egil Asprem (ed.), Brill Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  • "Tempelhofgesellschaft", in: Egil Asprem (ed.), Brill Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.
  • "The Esoteric in Contemporary Politics", in: Egil Asprem (ed.), Brill Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism, Leiden/Boston: Brill, forthcoming.

Edited works

  • with Hans Martin Krämer, Theosophy Across Boundaries. Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Modern Esoteric Movement, forthcoming.
  • Aries 16/1, 2016, Special issue: Transgressing Boundaries.

Material for Political Education

Non-Academic Articles

Reviews and Minor Contributions

    • "The Emergence of ‘Marxism’ in its Historical Context: A Perspective from Religious Studies," in: Global Intellectual History 3/3, 2018, S. 275-281.
    • "Eric Kurlander, Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich", in Correspondences 5, 2018, pp. 130-139.
    • "Monika Black/Eric Kurlander, Revisiting the Nazi Occult," in: The German Quarterly 90/3, 2017, pp. 396-398.
    • "Peter Staudenmaier, Between Occultism and Nazism: Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era," in: Aries 17/2, 2017, pp. 254-259
    • "René Gründer, Blótgemeinschafen. Eine Religionsethnografie des ‘germanischen Neuheidentums’", in: Aries 13/2, 2013, pp. 317-321.
    • "Tantra im Kontext der globalen Religionsgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts," in: Jahresheft Theologie 10, 2014/2015, pp. 91-99.

    Miscellaneous


    Courses taught

    • WS 2018: Esotericism and Far-Right Extremism, University of Vienna, Department of Religious Studies.
    • SS 2017: MA course on "Esotericism between East and West"; University of Amsterdam.
    • SS 2017: BA course on "Western Esotericism since the 18th Century"; University of Amsterdam.
    • WS 2016: Occultism between Religion and Politics; Münster, Institute for the Study of Religions.
    • WS 2014: Alternative Religious Movements in the 19th and 20th Century; Heidelberg, Faculty of Theology.
    • WS 2012: The Emergence of Modern Esotericism; Lucerne, Institute of the Study of Religions.
    • WS 2011: Occultism in the 19th and early 20th Century; Heidelberg, Institute of the Study of Religions.
    • WS 2010: Tutorial about Research and Academic Writing; Heidelberg, Institute of the Study of Religions.


    Memberships
    • Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW)
    • European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)
    • Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VHD)
    • Royal Asiatic Society (RAS)