Dr. Egil Asprem is the first winner of the Gerardus van der Leeuw PhD Dissertation Award with the PhD dissertation 'The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900–1939.'
The selection committee unanimously agreed that this PhD dissertation makes a substantial contribution to the study of religion by combining innovative research, sound analysis of original material, a critical approach to established theories, and clarity in formulation and style.
The Dissertation Award includes a prize of € 650,- (partially sponsored by the Van Baaren Stichting). In addition, a session will be dedicated to some of the key concepts of Dr. Asprem's dissertation at the 2014 joint NGG/EASR/IAHR Conference in Groningen, at the occasion of which the award will be officially launched. His session will focus on "Science, Religion and Disenchantment in the Modern World."