Studia Hermetica Journal (SHJ) is an academic project devoted to the publication of monographic issues, therefore we use to work aimed with the single purpose of highlighting certain aspects related to the History of Hermetism and some other murky regions inscribed either in the History of Science or Philosophy. Naturally, the showed scheduled dates would be changed at certain level by delaying or reducing our reserching procedures, but we will try hard to compel ourselves to obey our established deadlines. Although you should remember that SHJ is an independent undertaking not directly supported in economic terms by any public or private institution, thus we firstly have to evaluate our real possibilities of achievement before to release a new issue according to a high-leveled academic standard.
If you are an independent researcher or a scholar able to say something new in regard to the topics that we are describing below and you are willing to share your inquiries with us, just let us know and we will appraise your future participation and proposals. If you are finally included as one of the active members in the process for undertaking any of these projects, consider that all your original ideas and contributions will always belong to you. In SHJ we respect and endorse creators and we have always followed the ethics inherent to any fair research activity.
Project name: “The Egyptian Hermes (1st-5th centuries AD)”.
Scheduled publication: 2009-
Involved researchers: Dr. Francisco García Bazán, Iván Elvira.
Description: Hermetism is an extremely complex matter that has been treated in depth during the last three decades by a few number of researchers, with special reference to those involved in the project Hermes Latinus, which in our opinion has obtained the highest standard in the study of Hermetism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, according to their laudable attempt to edit critically a large amount of hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Aimed by the very same inspiration for highlighting the roots of the Roman-Egyptian Hermetism upon the critical edition, specialists like Jean-Pierre Mahé, Garth Fowden, Samaranch Kirner, Iversen, García Bazán, Alberto Camplani, Ilaria Parri, or more recently, Van Den Kerchove, Gregory Shaw and Iván Elvira, have tried to elucidate some aspects regarding the Trismegistus’ doctrines during the first centuries of our era, and above all, those ones related to the gnostic and ceremonial sides thereof. In our opinion, the question is beyond to be merely a speculation based on the texts themselves, but on the contrary we firmly maintain that we must follow the path opened by Fowden, in the sense of trying to analyze in detail the geographical milieu where the hermetists grew up, in base of the archeological foundations from Roman period that we’re finding out nowadays. Hermetism in Late Antiquity is, perhaps, a “local” unresolved question that requires a more evolved and deepen perspectives.
Objectives: the elaboration of a new critical edition of the Late Antiquity Hermetica in Spanish, a new clarification of the philosophical terms and concepts contained in them, the projection of a way for collaborating with archaeological groups on the ground, the expansion of our current depiction of Hermetism during that period by integrating new perspectives and sources.
Projects names: “The Occultist Database (1800-1950)” / “The secret history of Psychology (19th-20th centuries)”
Scheduled publication: 2013-
Involved researchers: David de los Santos Juanes, Iván Elvira.
Description: The Occultist Database is an academic initiative proposed by the scientific committee of Studia Hermetica Journal, whose main objective is to recover the memory of those authors related in one way or another with the occult currents developed between 1800 to 1950. As historians of thought, we would like to see revalued an entire episode of Western History which has been unjustly relegated to the depths of many libraries.
The historical-critical methods and the artistic expression constitute our ways to face the tons of sources, manuscripts and graphic material waiting to be rescued for the future generations. We know how to do it and we hope to acquire the resources to accomplish this daunting task.
Objectives: the critical edition of unpublished manuscripts, the making of a taxonomy which meets the doctrines and theories related to the field, the recovering of the memory of those opuses and personalities unfairly forgotten.