“The Occult Nineteenth Century” To Be Published in Palgrave Studies series

Henrik Bogdan announced on FB:

“I am delighted to announce that ‘The Occult Nineteenth Century: Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World’, edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter, has been accepted for publication in the Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities book series, which I’m co-editing with James R. Lewis.”

Lukas K. Pokorny is Professor and Chair in Religious Studies, Vice Dean (Research and International Affairs; 2018–2020), and Deputy Director of Studies. He also serves as the Vice President of the Austrian Society of Religious Studies (2019–2021). He holds an M.A. in Philosophy (2004) and History (2009) (magister philosophiae) Korean Studies (2006) and Religious Studies (2008) (magister), Advanced Theological Studies (2014) (master of arts), and a Ph.D. (doctor philosophiae) in Philosophy (2008). He was previously Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies (2013–2016) and Bruce Lecturer in East Asian Religions (2011–2013) at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, U.K. In the spring/summer semester 2019, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Study of Religions at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. From 2013 to 2015 a research grant led him to Stockholm University’s Department of Oriental Languages as a Visiting Researcher in East Asian Religions. In addition, in summer/autumn 2014 he was Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Chaminade University of Honolulu. From 2006 to 2010, he was a doctoral and postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Vienna’s Department of East Asian Studies. He conducted extensive field research in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam as well as study and research stays at Yonsei University, Tokai University, Kyoto University, Peking University, and Beijing Language and Culture University. He taught at several universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Georg-August University in Göttingen, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Stockholm University, Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno, Palacký University in Olomouc, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Comenius University in Bratislava, and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. His present research focuses on Asian diasporic as well as new and alternative religion in Austria; ethnocentrism and millenarian beliefs in new religious movements (East Asia and beyond); and aging, death, and spirituality in Confucianism. His current book projects include, among others, a monograph tentatively entitled Millenarianism and East Asian New Religious Movements, the edited volume The Occult Nineteenth Century: Roots, Developments, and Impact on the Modern World (with Franz Winter), and the fifth volume of Religion in Austria (with Hans Gerald Hödl). Together with Jérémy Jammes he edits a Special Issue of Religions on “Funerary Rites in East Asian New Religious Movements.” One of his most recent book publications is the Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements (edited with Franz Winter at Brill), the eleventh volume of the Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies (edited with Rudiger Frank, Ina Hein, and Agnes Schick Chen at Sciendo/De Gruyter), and the fourth volume of Religion in Austria. He lives with his wife, Xuan, and his four daughters in a small town in the Rax area, Lower Austria.


Franz Winter is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Graz. He holds an M.A. in Classics (1994) and Religious Studies and Theology (1998) as well as a Ph.D. in Classics (1999) and Religious Studies (2005)—all from the University of Vienna, where, in 2010, he completed his Habilitation in Religious Studies (Privatdozent 2010). Previously, he studied and conducted research at the Universities of Graz, Salzburg, Vienna, in Rome, Boston University (Fulbright), and in Tōkyō and Kyōto. He currently teaches at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Graz. Among his major areas of interest are the history of contact between Europe and Asia from antiquity to modern times; new religious movements in East and West; Western Esotericism; religion and the media; and Islam and modernity. For further information, see homepage.univie.ac.at/franz.winter/.

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