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Most portrayals of astrologers at work are satirical. This project takes seriously the encounters between the astrologer and his clients. ‘Credulous lady & astrologer’, a colour stipple-engraving by Pierre Simon after John Raphael Smith, c. 1800.
Wellcome Library, London
Simon Forman, the notorious London astrologer, recorded 10,000
consultations between 1596 and 1603. Most of these are medical.
Forman’s casebooks can now be searched by name (of any party
involved), date, sex, age, topic of consultation and many other
criteria. The edition includes images of all the manuscript pages of
Forman’s first volume, and more will follow soon at:
Please send feedback to Dr Lauren Kassell
Department of History & Philosophy of Science
about how you are using the site–and about
how you would like to be able to use it.
INFORM Seminar XLIX
CHANGING BELIEFS AND SCHISMS
IN NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,
London School of Economics, Saturday 1 December 2012
To register: WE ARE NOW TAKING PAYPAL BOOKINGS: http://www.inform.ac/seminar-payment
Or post a booking form (attached) and a cheque payable to ‘Inform’ to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE.
(Inform@lse.ac.uk; 020 7955 7677).
Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 12 November 2012 cost £38 each (£18 students/unwaged).
NB. Tickets booked after 12 November 2012 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged).
A limited number of seats will be made available to A-Level students at £10 before 12 November 2012 (£20 after 12 November). A party of 5 or more A-Level students from one school can include one member of staff at the same price.
The presence of speakers on an Inform programme does not mean that Inform endorses their position.
The aim of Inform Seminars is to help participants to understand, or at least recognise, different perspectives.
For Inform’s codes of practice see http://www.Inform.ac
9.30-9.50 Registration and coffee
9.50-10.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.00-10.25 Eileen Barker (Professor Emeritus, LSE; Chair & Honorary Director, Inform)
“Re-vision and Division in New Religions: Some Introductory Remarks”
10.25-10.50 Claire Borowik (Co-Director of the Worldwide Religious News Service, and member of The Family International)
“The Family International: Rebooting for the Future”
10.50-11.15 J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Baylor University)
“When Science Intervenes—Revising Claims in the New Age”
11.45-12.10 Pat Ryan and Joe Kelly (International Cultic Studies Association; ex-members of TM and Society of Divine Love)
“Transcendental Meditation and Swami Prakashananda Saraswati”
12.10-12.35 Susan Palmer (Lecturer in Religious Studies, Dawson College / Concordia University)
“Dr. Malach Z. York’s Spiritual Divagations”
12.35-13.00 Masoud Banisadr (PhD in chemical engineering and engineering mathematics, and former member of MEK)
“The Metamorphism of MEK (Mujahedin e Khalgh) and its Schism”
14.00-14.25 James Tong (Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles)
“The Re-Invented Wheel: Revisioning and Diversification in the Falun Gong, 1992-2012”
14.25-14.50 Mike Mickler (Professor of Church History, Unification Theological Seminary)
“The Post-Sun Myung Moon Unification Church”
14.50-15.15 Eugene Clay (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University)
“Mother of God Derjavnaja / The New Cathar Church”
15.45-16.10 Eugene Gallagher (Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College)
“The Branch Davidians”
16.10-16.35 Massimo Introvigne (Lawyer and Managing Director of CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), Turin
“Mormon Origins – Revisionism or Re-Interpretation?”
16.35-17.15 Panel Discussion
Call for papers Societas Magica sessions IMC Kalamazoo
Sat Jul 7, 2012 7:34 pm (PDT)
The Societas Magica invites abstracts for four sessions to be held at
the next International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, 9-13
May 2013. The four sponsored sessions are:
Session I – Astrology and Magic (co-sponsored with the Research Group on
Contact: Dr. David Porreca (University of Waterloo) email@example.com
Session II – Magic, Material Culture and Technology (co-sponsored with
the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)
Contact: László Sándor Chardonnens (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Session III – Water as Symbol, Sign and Trial: Aquatic Semantics in the
Middle Ages (co-sponsored with the Reseach Group on Manuscript Evidence)
Contact: Mihai-D. Grigore (University of Erfurt) firstname.lastname@example.org
Session IV – Magical Practices in Pre-Modern China
Contact: Dimitri Drettas (Collège de France) email@example.com
If you have material suitable to one of these topics, please send an
abstract (ca. 250 words) electronically to the contact person listed for
that session by 15 September 2012 along with the Participant Information
More detailed information about the sessions and a link to the
participant information form may be found at www.societasmagica.org
This two-day graduate conference will investigate the intersections between visual culture and the occult tradition, ranging from the material culture of ‘primitive’ animism, through medieval and Renaissance depictions of witchcraft and demonology, to the contemporary fascination with the supernatural in popular culture.
The conference aims to provide a stimulating arena for the presentation of innovative research in this field as well as to offer a vibrant and thought-provoking forum for scholarly discussion and exchange. We welcome papers from current and recent graduate students from all disciplines, provided their research engages with material, visual or symbolic aspects of magic and occultism.
Acceptable topics include, but are by no means limited to, the following areas:
* The sacred and the profane;
* The material culture of magic, ritual and sacrifice;
* Objects of totemic, apotropaeic or fetishistic character;
* Aspects of mysticism in Jewish, Christian and Islamic art and architecture;
* Satanism, witchcraft and demonology; * Sacred geometry, numerology and cosmology;
* The arcane sciences (including astrology, alchemy and the tarot game);
* Art-theoretical discussions of the spiritual, the sublime, the marvellous, the numinous and the uncanny;
* Artistic investigations of myth, fantasy and utopia;
* Visual aspects of occult movements such as Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Theosophy, Mesmerism, Spiritism and New Age Spirituality;
* The supernatural and the spiritual in modern and contemporary art; * Occultism and magic in contemporary popular culture.
N.B.: Presentations should not exceed a maximum of 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. The sessions will be chaired by senior scholars within the University of Cambridge’s History of Art Department. We also hope to publish selected conference papers in a book of proceedings.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to:
alongside a CV of 1-2 pages.
Deadline for submission is the 30th of September 2012.
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and successful applicants will be notified about acceptance of their papers before the 15th of October 2012.
Early applications are strongly encouraged.
The Conference Committee
Josefine Baark, PhD Candidate, Homerton College Gabriel Byng, PhD Candidate, Clare College Imma Ramos, PhD Candidate, Pembroke College Daniel Zamani, PhD Candidate, Trinity College.
Day 1: Monday, 3 December 2012
09.30 – 10.00 Registration at
History of Art Department’s Graduate Centre on 4A Trumpington Street
10.00 – 10.05 Welcome address (Daniel Zamani & Dr Alexander Marr)
10.05 – 11.00 Keynote Lecture
Dr Urszula Szulakowska (University of Leeds)
The Sexualisation of the Virgin Mary: Hieratic Religious Art in an Alchemical Context
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 1.00 Panel 1: The Christian Middle Ages Convenor: Dr Anna Gannon
Emily Goetsch (University of Edinburgh)
“Demonising the Other”: Spanish Apocalyptic Images of Evil as a Way of Promoting Christianity in Tenth-Century Beatus Manuscripts
Orsolya Mednyanzky (Tufts University, Medford)
Protecting the Sacred Script: A Cross in Glory in a Late Medieval Armenian Gospel Book
Monika Winiarczyk (University of Glasgow)
‘Homo Signorum’: Looking to God or Looking to the Stars? The Role of Astrology in Medieval Christianity
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch Break
2.00 – 3.30 Panel 2: Islam and Hinduism Convenor: Rachel Parikh
Anja R. Dreiser (University of Bamberg)
Magic Mirrors from the Islamic World
Alexandra Plesa (Leiden University)
Pots That Bless: Pious Inscriptions on Samanid Pottery in Dutch Collections
Shandra E. Lamaute (University of Edinburgh)
A Printed Islamic Amulet
Imma Ramos (University of Cambridge)
Impurity, Auspiciousness and Power: The Tantric Transformations of Lajja Gauri at Kamakhya
3.30 – 4.00 Coffee Break
4.00 – 5.00 Panel 3: Early Modern Europe I Convenor: Prof. Jean Michel Massing
Liliana Leopardi (Hobert and William Smith Colleges, NY)
Renaissance Magic Precious and Semi-Precious Stones: the Fetish as a
path to Pyschological Integrity
Nikola Piperkov (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Et procul in tenuem ex oculis euanuit auram: Natural Magic and Divine Word in Giambologna’s Statue of Mercury
Day 2: Tuesday, 4 December 2012
10.00 – 11.00 Panel 4: Early Modern Europe II Convenor: Dr Alexander Marr
Alexandra Marraccini (University of Chicago)
Open Secrets: Alchemical-Hermetic Iconography in the Ripley Scrolls
Marthe Kretzschmar (Technische Universitaet Hamburg)
Waxwork. Aby Warburg’s “Bildzauber” between materiality and resemblance
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 1.00 Panel 5: Great Britain Convenor: Josefine Baark
Stephanie Churms (Aberystwyth University)
“Drawn by the Magician’s Wand”: The Occult Culture of Revolutionary Caricature
Lauren Greer (University of Saint-Thomas, MN)
Glamour: A Dissection of John Anster Fitzgerald’s Fairyland
Heather Carroll (University of Edinburgh)
‘Art not without ambition’: Lady Melbourne, the Duchess of Devonshire and Mrs. Damer as The Three Witches from Macbeth
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch Break
2.00 – 3.30 Panel 6: Surrealism Convenor: Dr Karolina Watras
Daniel Zamani (University of Cambridge)
Alchemy & Empowerment in Victor Brauner’s Appropriation of the Tarot Magician
Kristina Rapacki (Courtauld Institute, London)
Deicide, Regicide, Suicide: Bataille, Acephale and the Sovereign
Victoria Camblin (University of Cambridge)
Ritual and the Wagnerism of Acéphale (1936-1939)
3.30 – 4.00 Coffee Break
4.00 – 5.30 Panel 7: The 20 th Century Convenor: Elizabeth Upper
Adele Gardener (University of Bristol)
Art, Invocation and Alchemy: The Tarot Paintings of Lady Frieda Harris
Lisa Hanstein (Art-Historical Institute, Florence)
Unseen Spirits? Occult Aspects of Italian Futurist Art & Theory
Judith Noble (Arts University College, Bournemouth)
Ritual and Invocation: Occultism in the Films of Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger
5.30 – 5.35 Closing Remarks (Gabriel Byng)
5.35 – 7.00 Wine reception
Close of conference
UK’s Science and Religion Forum: 2012 Conference: ‘The soul – can the concept of the soul still have meaning?’
Regent’s Park College, Oxford
from late afternoon on Thursday 6 September to lunchtime on Saturday 8 September 2012.
The programme will follow the usual pattern and includes the Annual Gowland Lecture, a number of plenary lectures on the conference theme, and a short-paper session of 15-minute presentations by Forum members. The programme will also include a conference dinner, and there will be an early morning service of worship for those who are interested. The Forum’s AGM will take place during the Conference.
The conference fees (for full board) will be as follows:
SRF members £230
Bursaries will be offered for those who have been members of the Forum for at least six months and have no financial assistance from employers or sponsors (bursaries will probably be worth £60 which would reduce the fee to £170.
Further details: http://www.srforum.org/
Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke
The Peacocke Student Essay Prize
In memory of its founding President and former Chairman, the Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, the Science and Religion Forum offers a prize for an essay directly relevant to the theme of its annual conference.
Congratulations to George H. Medley III, winner of the 2011 Peacocke Prize.
The competition is open to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and the closing date is July 31st 2012.
Details of 2012 prize to follow soon at UK’s Science and Religion Forum http://www.srforum.org/