Category Archives: Personal


A few weeks ago, a letter arrived in my mailbox from the University notifying me that I had been “selected as the fall/winter 2014-2015 recipient of the York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship.” The award was very substantial. However, … Continue reading

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Balkan Vampires at the ASE Conference

Those who study esotericism in North America will will be interested in the upcoming conference of the Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE). Taking place in June, it’s considered to be the American counterpart to the ESSWE conference, which … Continue reading

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The William R. Coleman Best Essay Prize

Some of you may remember that last year I did a directed reading program on the Hermetica. For those of you who don’t what a directed reading program is, it’s basically a one-on-one course which focuses on a specific subject. … Continue reading

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Invocatio – On Vacation!

Invocatio will be on vacation over the next few weeks so I can finish up the semester in style. Never fear! There will be no interruptions to the weekly MMMs except, well, this one. Over the next few weeks, I’ll … Continue reading

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Behind the Ivory Curtain: Working on the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

Apocrypha scholars strike a pose forĀ  the camera. UPDATE: Other participants have posted their observations on the symposium… The 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium in Retrospect: Part One, Part Two, Part Three Tony Burke, Apocryphicity Reflections on the 2nd York … Continue reading

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My Second (Kinda Third) Academic Award!

The 2012-2013 school year was tough-tough-tough. I worked really, really hard to the point where everything that wasn’t course-related (including sleep) was demoted to second-class status. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, if rocking back and forth in the fetal position … Continue reading

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ESSWE4: Day 4

Day four: Aren’t you tired? Four days is a lot to handle and I am personally exhausted. But together I am convinced we can make it through to the finish line. I hear it’s totally worth it. The final day … Continue reading

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