Thematic and scope

Academic studies on Western Esotericism in and from Latin America. Journal of the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism / Southamerican Nations Union

Melancolia is the first international publication dedicated to the academic study of Western Esotericism understood as a historical and cultural phenomenon, in and from Latinamerica.

By esotericim we understand a specific research field related to magic, hermetism, “occult philosophy”, jewish kabbala, christian kabbala, astral magic, tarot, astrology(ies), alchemy(ies), paracelcianism, rosicrucianism, gnosticism(s), francmasonery, esotericism(s) in art, literature and music, teosophy(ies), occultism(s), mesmerism, neo-paganism(s), antroposophy, spiritism(s).

Even if temporal limits of esotericism can be constricted to the XVI century onwards, its roots can be traced in the previous centuries (traditionally characterized as medieval, late-antiquity and classical). Likewise, although geographical borders are limited to the West, we keep an open look on other current cultural phenomena beyond this boundary, as soon as any historical link can be demonstrated.

Centered in historical production, theoretical and methodological reflexions and historiographical critic, it is expected that published articles are original historical researches; furthermore, the journal pretends to establish a favorable space for interdisciplinary debate between alternative, complementary or even opposed approaches. Therefore, other academic studies from sociology, history of religions, art history, history of science, literature, musicology, philosophy or cultural studies are equally accepted. Following this open point of view, even if sent articles must be in spanish or portuguese, we accept english, french or italian as well.

In summary. Melancolia is the Journal of the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Southamerican Nations Union, whose goal is to continue establishing a network of latinamerican scholars committed to the study of western esotericism understood as cultural phenomenon in western tradition. It aims to comunicate, spread and project lines of action, research groups and recent news (editorials, seminars, courses, congresses, theses dissertations) of our subject of study that are produced within the latinamerican region.

Section policies


Texts must be the result of original research and respect the highest standarts of scientific quality and publication norms.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed


They are articles compilations versed on the same problem. Its subject will be defined by directors and editors in chief. Melancolia also accepts dossiers from scholars that are external to the journal. Proposals of this type should inform the coordinator(s) name(s), topic and a short cv of the coordinator(s) and members that shall be part of the publication. The call for this type of works will be open along the whole year. In every case, sent works must adequate compulsorily to the norms of publications.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed


It includes a series of articles on various themes that present any concrete problem related to the history of western esotericism. They will report a suitable up-to-date bibliography, knowledge of diverse documentary archives and be the result or be part of current researches. Melancolia will inform through diverse means the call for reception of this type or articles. Sent works must adequate compulsorily to the norms of publications.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed


This includes texts referred to methodological topics. Articles must take into account specific problems presented by certain sources, and availability and access to documentary archives. Sent works must adequate compulsorily to the norms of publications.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed


In this section they will be published book reviews related to this subject and others to humanities, which deal with history of esotercism and are not more than two years old.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed


This section pretends to establish a space committed to diffusion. It will include interviews, debates and postgrade theses (master and phd) accomplished within the year. Sent works must adequate compulsorily to the norms of publications.

• Open submissions | • Indexed | • Peer reviewed

Peer review process

Melancolia is a blind peer-reviewed journal, which means that authors do not know the referee’s identity and vice versa.

All articles are examined by the Editorial Team, which verifies the achievement of all requested criteria in these instructions. In case of not accomplishing any of these exigencies, the author(s) will be informed. The judgment process will be carried out by two specialists and we will conserve anonymity in both parts. In no case the examiner will have the same academic affiliation than the author.

Once the results are given back by the two specialists, the decision can be of: acceptation with changes, full acceptation or reject. In any of these cases, the author will be notified of the decision.

In case that changes are suggested, the author must confirm if he/she is willing to introduce modifications in a time no longer than 15 days. In case of not receiving any answer or if the affirmative answer extends over a period superior than one month, Melancolia will consider that changes are not accepted and the article will be rejected.

Melancolia will notify the author in a maximum time of 60 days. Once the author resends the article with modifications in time and form, the editors will correct it respecting each author’s style. This correction is of form, not content.

Accepted the publication, authors will automatically cede Melancolia the rights for publication and authorize electronic diffusion.

Publication frequency

The journal is published with a frecuency of one year. All received articles must adapt compulsory to style norms, as a previous step for scientific evaluation by the blind peer-review system in charge of experts with recognized prestige in the field.

Open access policy

This journal provides free and immediate access to its content under the principle of distributing research freely to public, which promotes a wider exchange of global knowdlegde. 

About the Publication System

This journal uses Open Journal Systems, which is free management software and publication of journals developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.


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Melancolia was created in 2016 as the official journal of the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Southamerican Nations Union (CEEO-UNASUR This Center was created in august 2011 by its current director, Dr. Juan Pablo Bubello, as a result of his experience as professor and researcher in the Faculty of Philosophy and Lettres of the University of Buenos Aires. As well, we publish a biannual newsletter with news, interviews and information to specialists and general public. For more information, visit CEEO-UNASUR website or our facebook channel.

Mailing Address

Revista Melancolia - Revista do CEEO - Unasur Universidade Federal de Santa Maria Av. Roraima nº 1000 CCSH – Prédio 74A – Sala 108 Cidade Universitária - Bairro Camobi Santa Maria - RS CEP: 97105-900

Main contact

Dr. Francisco de Paula Souza de Mendonça Júnior. Director de la revista. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria. Email:

Support contact

Mgr. Mariano Villalba. Email:

Melancolia is the official journal of the Center for the Study of Western Esotericism of the Southamerican Nations Union (CEEO-UNASUR)
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