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Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture
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3/17/2014 to 3/18/2014
When: 3/17/2014
Where: University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Day 1

09.00 Registration

09.30 – 11.30 Keynote Lectures

• Prof. M.E. Warlick (University of Denver) - Women and Alchemy: The Rewards and Pitfalls of a Feminist Approach

• Prof. Emilie Savage-Smith (University of Oxford) - Talismanic Charts and the Role of Vision

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30 Parallel Sessions

Picturing Witchcraft (Lecture Room 1)

• Dr Leo Ruickbie (King’s College, London) - Estranged and Enchanted Eroticism: The Role of Nudity in the Depiction of Witchcraft and Wicca

• Dennis Dechant (Yale University) - Nudity, Privacy, and the Female Body: A New Look at the Leipzig 'Love Magic' Panel

• Prof. Deanna Petherbridge (Professor Emeritus, University of the West of England, Bristol) - Leaky Vessels and Devil’s Dugs

The Magic of Manuscripts (Lecture Room 9)

• Zahra Faridany-Ahavan (Harvard University) - Tilism and Talisman: Magic and Sorcery in Persianate Manuscript Painting and Epic Literature

• Hiba Abid (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris) - When a Holy Text Becomes an Object of Meditation: Functional Transformations of an Illustrated Sufi

Prayer Book, the "Dala’il al Khayrat” of Sidi ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli (d. 1465)

• Alessandra Petrocchi (University of Cambridge) - The Indian Astrological Almanac Pancanga: between Tradition and Innovation

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 16.30 Parallel Sessions

Hermetic symbolism: I (Lecture Room 1)

• Dr Anke Timmerman (Downing College, Cambridge) - Drawing on Experiments: Alchemy, Manuscripts and the Visual

• Dr Christiane Hille (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) - "A Work of Faith rather than Sense” – Ostensorium of Art, Alchemy and Christian Thought: The

Elizabethan Miniature

• Nikola Piperkov (Sorbonne, Paris) - "Geminus nonnisi cresit Amor”: Bartholomaeus Spranger's Variations on Corregio's "Education of Eros” in Rudolfian


• Anita Chowdry (Independent Scholar) - More than the Colour Red: the Unspoken Symbolism of Cinnabar Pigment in Indian Painting

Occultism and Modern Art: I (Lecture Room 9)

• Dr Alice Phillips (University of Iowa) - Mesmerized Dancers and Dreaming Muses: Gustave Moreau and Animal Magnetism

• Dr Nathan J. Timapno (University of Miami) - Between Heaven and Hell, Alchemy and Spirituality: Franz von Stuck’s Dual-Nature Symbolism

• Prof. Massimo Introvigne (Pontifical Salesian University, Turin) - Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) and the Theosophical «World of Art»

• Dr Allison Morehead (Queen’s University, Kingston) - Edvard Munch in the Age of Mediumistic Reproduction

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break

17.00 - 19.00 Parallel Sessions

Hermetic Symbolism: II (Lecture Room 1)

• Prof. Elizabeth Langhorn (Central Connecticut State University) - Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy

• Dr Uli Segers (Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf) - Sigmar Polke and the Hermetic Tradition

• Dr Yiannis Toumazis (Frederick University, Nicosia) - The Hermetic Universe of Marcel Duchamp’s "Étant Donnés: 1o la chute d’eau 2o le gaz d’ éclairage”

• Judtih Noble (Arts University Bournemouth) - The Wedding of Light and Matter: Alchemy in the Films of Derek Jarman

Occultism and Modern Art: II (Lecture Room 9)

• Melissa Buron (Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco) - Art in the Aftermath of Loss: Myth, Religion and Spiritualism in the Late Work of John Roddam Spencer

Stanhope (1867-1908)

• Manon Hedenborg White (Uppsala University) - Apocalyptic Aesthetics: The Goddess Babalon in Visual Culture

• Robert Ansell (Independent Scholar) - The Focus of Life: Androgyny and the Absolue in the Work of Austin Osman Spare

• Shai Feraro (University of Tel-Aviv) - Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s-1980s: A Case Study of the

Feminist Artist Monica Sjöö.

Day 2

09.00 – 11.00 Keynote Lectures

• Dr Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam), Western Esotericism and Artistic Creativity: Searching for a New Interpretive Model

• Dr Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre, London), TBC

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30- 13.30 Parallel Sesssions

Surrealism and the Occult (Lecture Room 1)

• Dr Nicholas Campion (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) - ‘Surrealism and Astrology’: The Esoteric Art of Xul Solar (1887-1963)

• Victoria Camblin (Magdelene College, Cambridge) - "L'Apparition”: Veiling and Unveiling in Georges Bataille and André Masson's "Acéphale” (1936-39)

• Daniel Zamani (Trinity College, Cambridge) - The Occult Politics of Meret Oppenheim’s "Le Festin” (1959)

• Victoria Ferentinou (University of Ionnania) - Visions of the "Occult Body” in Surrealism: Images of Embodiments in the Visual Oeuvre of Leonora Carrington

and Remedios Varo

Totemic objects (Lecture Room 9)

• Dr Rita Lucarelli (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn) - The Power of Images in Ancient Egyptian Apotropaic Magic

• Dr Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan) -"Go wherever you wish, for verily you are well protected”: Seal Designs in Late Ottoman Prayer Books

• Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz) - Protection Against Evil in Byzantium: Magical Amulets from the Early to the Late

Byzantine Period

• Niamh Bhalia (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London) - Protective Letters and Prophylactic Names: the Image of the Last Judgement at Yilanli Kilise

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch break

14.30- 16.30 Parallel Sessions

Occultism, Performance and Spectacle (Lecture Room 1)

• Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham) - From the Magic Lantern to the Fortune Teller: Occult Spectacle, Theatre and Ancient Egypt, 1890-1914

• Dr Simone Natale (Columbia University) - The Spirit and the Marketplace: Spirit Photography as Visual Attraction and Commodity in the Nineteenth Century

• Dr James Riley (Corpus Christi, Cambridge) - Pandemonium ‘69: Magick, Performance and the ‘End of the Sixties’

• Matthew Mild (Bangor University) - On the Left Hand of Embodiment and Extravagance: Satanic Mysticism from Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga to

Diamanda Galás and Lars von Trier

Occultism and Architecture (Lecture Room 9)

• Francis Young (Independent Scholar) - Esoteric Recusancy in the Elizabethan Age: The Occult Architecture of Sir Thomas Tresham

• Amandeep Sangha (University of Nottingham) - Unlocking Hidden Potential: William Lethaby and His Quest to Revive Architectural Symbolism

• Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja (Independent Scholar) - Mysticism in Sacred Javanese Mosque Architecture and Ornamentation

• Irene Chen (Columbia University) - The Architecture of Heaven: John Murray Spear and the Aesthetics of Circularity in 19th-century American Spiritualism

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 18.00 Keynote Lecture

• Professor Antoine Faivre (Emeritus Professor, Sorbonne) - An Example of Iconographic Art in Christian Theosophy: The Engravings in the Edition of Jacob

Böhme's Works by Johann Georg Gichtel (1682)

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