Manon Hedenborg White
My research focuses on Western esotericism, occultism, new religious movements, and other forms of contemporary spirituality. I am particularly interested in questions of gender and sexuality as well as authority and female leadership in religious movements.
Editorial Board — Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities (since 2021).
Ethics Committee — European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (since 2021).
Co-Director (with Professor Christine Ferguson, University of Stirling) — Esotericism, Gender, and Sexuality Network (since 2019).
Review Editor — International Journal for the Study of New Religions (since 2019).
Steering Committee — AAR Western Esotericism Unit (since 2018).
I obtained my PhD in the History of Religions from Uppsala University in 2017. My doctoral dissertation The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism explored issues of gender and sexuality, with a focus on the construction of femininities, in modern occultism. It was published as a monograph by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Between 2018 and 2021, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Södertörn University, with funding from the Swedish Research Council for my project Power through Closeness? Female Authority and Agency in a Male-Led New Religion (dnr. 2018-00439). As part of this project I was also a guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam's Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents throughout the duration of the project.
Between 2019 and 2021, I was Co-Editor-in-Chief of Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism.
I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Karlstad University in August 2021.