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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Noticias internacionales del Instituto

Resumen de actividades del Instituto Hermes. Jornadas sobre Antropología de lo Sagrado (Portugal) Entrega de premios del IX Certamen de Literatura, organizado por el Instituto Hermes, y Celebración del XXIII Aniversario del Instituto Hermes (El Salvador) Actividades del Instituto Hermes en Granada (España)

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Comunicación Saludable en Tel Aviv

Anat Sela

El Instituto Hermes de Israel impartió un taller sobre Comunicación Saludable en Tel Aviv.

Con los 90 asistentes al taller, buscamos palabras y expresiones que nos hacen encogernos, sentirnos pequeños y sin valor, y […]

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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. […]

Articles and publications

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Fátima Gordillo

No resulta irónico que el pensamiento positivo, con su optimismo a prueba de bombas, esté detrás de la crisis económica de 2008. El enorme estallido de la burbuja inmobiliaria en Estados Unidos era […]

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Manuel Ruiz Torres

El premio Nobel, Ilya Prigogine, hacía la siguiente afirmación: “la naturaleza del universo es de carácter complejo y las aproximaciones deterministas, mecanicistas y reduccionistas son insuficientes para describir este tipo de naturaleza. […]