The International Hermes Institute is made up of a group of multidisciplinary professionals from various countries, coordinated by Professor Fernand Schwarz. Its aim is to elaborate a method of study of the immaterial heritage of ancient civilizations and analyze contemporary societies from a symbolic perspective. It has delegations in Austria, France, Spain and Portugal and collaborators in Greece, Israel, Salvador, Chili and Colombia.

The Hermes Institute’s objectives are:

a) The study and investigation of social sciences from an interdisciplinary point of view

b) The organization of workgroups, lectures, national and international scientific conventions on the themes mentioned above leading to the publication of the results of this work

c) The writing and dissemination of a training program and promulgation of symbolic anthropology, i.e. anthropology which is linked to the symbolic dimension of man and its ensuing application in order to link what is considered sacred in each culture.

d) The promotion of the application of this program and, in particular, the investigation on the different aspects of towns and man-made sites linked to this symbolic dimension.

e) The promotion of study and symbolic thought in all cultures as a distinctive element of the human race, both from an individual’s point of view and seen as a whole.

f) The application of these investigations in various fields such as the business world, management consulting, the direction and organization of the human factor as well as training programs in general.

Its activities are the following:

1. The organization of diverse Conventions, Conferences, Lectures, Seminars and Publications in the afore-mentioned subjects

2. The organization of field trips like those taken to the major venues of Antiquity : the Mayan civilization in Copan (Honduras), the Greek civilization (in Athens, Arcadia and Olympus in Greece and Turkey), the Paleolithic period (Atapuerca, Cantabria in Spain), the Egyptian civilization.

3. The dissemination of these studies by various means of promulgation.

4. The constitution of workgroups to investigate specific themes.

Activities and news

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Eli Mitrani

When I was a youngster, my father, a biology professor in profession, introduced me to the work of a man named Stewart Kauffman, ((Stuart Kauffman is one of the most outstanding theoretical biologists of complex biological systems. […]

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Centro Budista O´Sel Ling

Mercedes Manuel de Villena

Un grupo de amigos del Instituto Hermes, hicimos en el mes de marzo una excursión al Centro Budista O´Sel Ling que se encuentra ubicado en la Atalaya de Soportújar, localidad situada […]

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Venus Púdica de Salar, España

Un grupo de herméticos y amigos de Granada pudimos ver la maravillosa pieza hallada en la excavación de agosto de 2018, en el yacimiento romano de Salar, en la provincia de Granada. Se trata […]

Articles and publications

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Dominique Duquet

The discoveries of the 21st century

Since the beginning of the 2000s, a great commotion took place in the study of the human lineage. Up to the point that one can speak of a […]

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José Morales

A los que desde siempre nos ha gustado caminar por la sierra de Córdoba, recorrer sus viejos
senderos, no hay mayor placer que descubrir un nuevo paisaje a la vuelta del camino, una nueva
vista […]