Since 1986

International Theosophical History Conference 

Athens, Greece 12-13 October 2019.


Day 1
12 Oct 2019
Day 2
13 Oct 2019

Theosophical History and Its Future

Theosophical History is now in the thirty-fourth year of its existence. This presentation will review its origins, accomplishments over this period, and its plans for the immediate future and for the next...
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H. P. Shastri (1882–1956)’s Theosophical movement in the modern Far East

In 1919, the society chose Shanghai to establish its first official branch in the Far East. The first president of the Shanghai branch was Hari Prasad Shastri (1882–1956), an Indian...
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Tamijuro Kume and International Lodge, Tokyo

This paper is to examine the achievements made by the members of the International Lodge, Tokyo, in particular, a painter named Tamijuro Kume. In spite of the short endurance, this...
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Stainton Moses – A Theosophist in spite of himself?

In 1875, Stainton Moses, the leading English Spiritualist began corresponding with Col. Olcott and Madame Blavatsky , who shortly formed the Theosophical Society in New York. At some point, Moses...
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Who was Agardi Metrovich?

One of the most difficult problems in Theosophical history concerns the identity of Agardi. Metrovitch, thought to be the nom de guerre of a carbonari and  a famous opera singer...
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Contextualizing the Mahatma Letters in a Scholarly Context: A New Approach

In the early nineties, the publication of K. Paul Johnson’s The Masters Revealed sparked a lively debate. Johnson’s book was an impressive attempt to discover the reality behind the myth...
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Tea Break

Archival Notes on the Relation of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to the Theosophical Society

This paper is narrowly based on a published misstatement by Rama P. Coomaraswamy, the son of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (“AKC”), where he stated that while his father was “acquainted” with...
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Polish Theosophical Society – Domestic Activities and International Cooperation

Polish Theosophical Society – domestic activities and international cooperation The history of Polish activities in the Theosophical Society was understudied for many years. I focused on the historical reconstruction of...
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Bulgarian contribution to the Theosophy history

The report presents the specific Bulgarian contribution to the history of Theosophy through basic ideas of the Bogomil movement during the Middle Ages, the White Brotherhood in the 20th Century,...
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Between Theosophy and Orientalism: debates about an ‘Esoteric Buddhism’ in the nineteenth century

This paper discusses the origin and meaning of the notion “esoteric Buddhism” as it was used in the early Theosophical Society, especially in the works of Helena P. Blavatsky and...
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Blavatsky’s Vedanta: A Case Study in Cultural Entanglement

Exploring the discussions of Advaita Vedanta provided by Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) in The Secret Doctrine (1888) and acknowledging her Idealist, neo-Platonist and Orientalist influences, the objective of this paper will be to show...
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Tea Break

Theosophy and Anthroposophy in Israel

The lecture will discuss the reception of Theosophy and Anthroposophy in Israel.  I will discuss the early circles that were interested in Theosophy and Anthroposophy in Palestine/Land of Israel in...
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Dismembering George Frederic Watts’s ‘mesmeric dolls’: Music and Theosophy in the painter’s late works

Since David Stewart’s publication in 1993 on the impact of theosophical ideas on Frederic Watts’s (1817–1904) oeuvre, little scholarly attention has been directed toward the affinity between these ideas and...
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In Search of Zanoni (in absentia)

Johnson’s presentation, “In Search of Zanoni” concerns his research and writing about a literary mystery concerning an author who was thought to have died in 1894 but in fact lived...
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Adyar Archives-Narrative of a Treasure House

This presentation is about the Archives situated at the international headquarters of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India. We will explore the story of the Adyar Archives and Museum; how...
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Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in Greece
25 Voukourestiou St. (1st floor) Athens, Greece