About

Ariel Hessayon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London.  He is the author of 'Gold tried in the fire’.  The prophet TheaurauJohn Tany and the English Revolution (Ashgate, 2007) as well as lead editor of collections of essays on Biblical scholarship, English radicalism and the reception of the German Lutheran mystic Jacob Boehme's writings. 

He has also written extensively on a variety of early modern topics: antiscripturism, book burning, communism, environmentalism, esotericism, extra-canonical texts, heresy, crypto-Jews, Judaizing, millenarianism, mysticism, prophecy, and religious radicalism.  He is currently working on a two volume study on the reception of Boehme's ideas in the English speaking world from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. 

He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Member of the editorial board of Esoterica


Fellowships and Grants: 

  • University of London Research Fellowship at School of Advanced Study, 2008
  • Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship, 1998-2000
  • New Hall Research Fellowship, 1995-1998
  • Grant of £225,000 from The Panacea Society; research on reception of Jacob Boehme’s work
  • Grant of £11,000 from The British Academy (with Dr Éamonn O Ciardha) towards expenses of ‘The Plantation of Ulster, 1609–2009: A Laboratory for Empire’
  • Grant of £2,964 from Goldsmiths; research on Jews and crypto Jews
  • Grant of £2,600 from The Wellcome trust (with Dr Rebekah Lee) towards expenses of ‘Cultural History of Medicine Seminar Series’
  • Grant of £2,000 from The British Academy towards expenses of ‘Rediscovering Radicalism in the British Isles and Ireland, c.1550–c.1700’

Major events convened:

  • “Blessed Virago”: the international mysticism of Jane Lead’ (with Dr Sarah Apetrei), The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch, London, 8 September 2012
  • “Teutonic Philosophy”: Jacob Boehme (1575–1624) in context, his life and the reception of his writings’ (with Dr Sarah Apetrei and Professor George Pattison), St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, 16–18 September 2010
  • ‘The Plantation of Ulster, 1609–2009: A Laboratory for Empire’ (with Dr Éamonn O Ciardha), Goldsmiths, University of London, 26–27 June 2009; University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry, 3–5 July 2009
  • ‘Jews and antisemitisms’, Goldsmiths, University of London, 15 October 2008
  • ‘Blake in Contexts.  William Blake (1757–1827): His Life and Times’, The Swedenborg Society, London, 2 November 2007
  • ‘Rediscovering radicalism in the British Isles and Ireland, c.1550-c.1700: movements of people, texts and ideas’ (with Mr Philip Baker), Goldsmiths, University of London, 21-23 June 2006
  • Co-convenor of seminar in 17th century British History, Institute of Historical Research, London

Since 2000 he has given invited lectures, conference papers and seminar presentations on more than 30 different topics; the venues he has spoken at include; University of London (Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, Institute of Advanced Study, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House); various London venues (Friends House Library, Hoxton Hotel, Jewish Cultural Centre, Swedenborg Society); American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad; Cambridge University; College of Charleston, South Carolina; Görlitz, Germany; Keele University; Leicester University; Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg; Michigan State University; Montreal, Quebec; Naples Federico II University; Nottingham Trent University; Oxford University; Princeton University; Reading University; Ruhr University, Bochum; Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; Southampton University; Toronto, Ontario; Trinity College Dublin; Université Libre (Brussels); University of Szeged, Hungary; Washington, DC; York University


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