• Research Areas

    • Global history since the nineteenth century, with a focus on Europe, North America, and India
    • Religion and politics: Socialism; völkisch movements and Ariosophy; National Socialism; neo-Nazism and far-right extremism; totalitarianism
    • The relationship between religion, philosophy, and science in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • CV


    PhD (Dr. phil.) in the Study of Religion with high distinction (summa cum laude), University of Heidelberg
    MA (“Magister Artium”) in the Study of Religion and Medieval/Modern History, University of Heidelberg


    Postdoctoral project on “Religious Social Reform in the Context of Unitarianism and the Brahmo Samaj: Exchanges between North America and Bengal,” in the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics,” University of Münster, Germany
    Lectureship at the University of Vienna.
    Lectureship at the University of Münster.
    Lectureship at the University of Lucerne.
    Postdoctoral project on “Tantra Within the Context of a Global Religious History of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Temporary replacement as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Postdoc in the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” MC7: “Political Legitimation,” University of Heidelberg
    Assistant at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe,” the Theological Seminary, and the Institute for Religious Studies, university of Heidelberg
    Doctoral scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation for the project “Socialism, Catholicism, and Occultism in Nineteenth-Century France"
    Semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Studies in Medieval and Early Modern History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, University of Heidelberg


    Thesis Prize of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism - European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
    Doctoral scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) - German National Academic Foundation
    Study scholarship by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) - German National Academic Foundation

    External functions

    Royal Asiatic Society
    Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands
    European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism
    Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft
  • Publications


    Books (Monographs)
    • Strube, Julian. . Sozialismus, Katholizismus und Okkultismus im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Genealogie der Schriften von Eliphas Lévi. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
    • Strube, Julian. . Vril. Eine okkulte Naturkraft in Theosophie und esoterischem Neonazismus. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
    Edited Books
    • Strube Julian, Krämer Hans Martin (Eds.): . Theosophy Across Boundaries. Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Modern Esoteric Movement. Albany: State University of New York Press. [In Press]
    • Strube Julian (Ed.): . Transgressing Boundaries, Sonderausgabe der Zeitschrift Aries. Leiden/Boston: Brill.


    Articles in Journals
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘The 'Baphomet' of Eliphas Lévi. Its Meaning and Historical Context.’ Correspondences 4: 37-79.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Occultist Identity Formations Between Theosophy and Socialism in Fin-de-Siècle France.’ Numen 64, No. 5–6: 568–595.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Revolution, Illuminismus und Theosophie. Eine Genealogie der 'häretischen' Historiographie des frühen französischen Sozialismus und Kommunismus.’ Historische Zeitschrift 304, No. 1: 50–89.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Socialism and Esotericism in July Monarchy France.’ History of Religions 57, No. 2: 197–221.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Transgressing Boundaries: Social Reform, Theology, and the Demarcations Between Science and Religion.’ Aries 16, No. 1: 1–11.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Socialist Religion and the Emergence of Occultism: A Genealogical Approach to Socialism and Secularization in 19th-Century France.’ Religion 46, No. 3: 359–388.
    • Strube, Julian. . „Ein neues Christentum. Frühsozialismus, Neo-Katholizismus und die Einheit von Religion und Wissenschaft.“ Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 66, No. 2: 140-162.
    • Strube, Julian. . „Die Erfindung des esoterischen Nationalsozialismus im Zeichen der Schwarzen Sonne.“ Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 20, No. 2: 223-268.
    Articles in Edited Books
    • Strube Julian. . ‘Yoga and Meditation in Esoteric Traditions.’ In Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies, edited by Newcombe Suzanne, O'Brien-Kop Karen, -. Abingdon: Routledge. [In Press]
    • Strube Julian. . ‘Hinduism, Western Esotericism and New Age Religion.’ In Handbook of Hinduism in Europe, edited by Jacobsen Knut, Sardella Ferdinando, -. Leiden: Brill. [In Press]
    • Strube, Julian. . „Tantra und Katholizismus im Kontext einer globalen Religionsgeschichte.“ In Weltreligion im Umbruch. Transnationale Perspektiven auf das Christentum in der Globalisierung des 19. Jahrhunderts, herausgegeben von Blaschke Olaf, Ramón Solans Francisco Javiér, 338–362. Frankfurt: Campus.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Contested Christianities: Communism and Religion in July Monarchy France.’ In Socialist Imaginations. Utopias, Myths, and the Masses, edited by Arvidsson Stefan, Beneš Jakub, Kirsch Anja, 21–40. Abingdon: Routledge.
    • Strube, Julian. . „Esoterik und Rechtsextremismus.“ In Handbuch der Religionen, herausgegeben von Klöcker Michael, Tworuschka Uwe, 1-20. Bamberg: Mediengruppe Oberfranken.
    • Strube, Julian. . ‘Nazism and the Occult.’ In The Occult World, edited by Partridge, Christopher, 336–347. Abingdon: Routledge.
    Articles in Newspapers or non-scientific Media


    • Strube Julian. . ‘The Emergence of ‘Marxism’ in its Historical Context. A Perspective from Religious Studies.’ Global Intellectual History 3, No. 3: 275–281.
    • Strube Julian. . ‘Monika Black/Eric Kurlander, Revisiting the Nazi Occult.’ The German Quarterly 90, No. 3: 396–398.
    • Strube Julian. . ‘Peter Staudenmaier, Between Occultism and Nazism. Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era.’ Aries 17, No. 2: 254–259.
    • Strube Julian. . ‘Eric Kurlander, Hitler’s Monsters. A Supernatural History of the Third Reic.’ Correspondences 5: 130–139.
    • Strube Julian. . ‘René Gründer, Blótgemeinschafen. Eine Religionsethnografie des ‚germanischen Neuheidentums.’ Aries 13, No. 2: 317–321.