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Second Sight and Prophecy Conference
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6/14/2013 to 6/16/2013
When: 6/14/2013
Where: University of Aberdeen

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This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines including history, folklore, anthropology, divinity and sociology whose research interests cover a wide range of topics exploring varying methods used by different cultures (both now and in the past) to look into the future and the rationale for so doing. The future has always held a fascination for humankind especially in times of tribulation and this is worthy of academic discussion in light of the changes affecting so many of us in our current global context. The role in culture of seers and prophets, by whatever name they are known, and the use of rituals, drugs and sacred sites will be examined.

Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London is the keynote speaker. His paper, ‘Boyle’s legacy: Second Sight in English and Scottish Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is based on his recent research. It follows the success of his seminal work, The Occult Laboratory; Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland (2001) and will set the tone for the conference.

An exhibition by artist Nicola Moss supports this conference. It is already available to view in the James MacKay Hall on a drop-in basis. Further details are available at the following link:  This will be supplemented by a photographic display of the University’s own collection of seventeenth-century Sibyls.

Full details of the conference can be found at the following link:

There you will find easy-to-follow links to the full conference program, a full list of abstracts and biographies of the contributors and links to pre and post conference entertainments.

Registration can be made through the above link or directly through the Online Store

Places are limited so please book early if you would like to attend.

If you require any further information, contact:

Dr Alex Sutherland
Conference Convenor
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
History Department
Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
Aberdeen AB24 3FX
Tel: 01224 273051

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