An article by Nicholas Banner in the Classical Receptions Journal
“This article examines the tropological use of the Latin language to evoke the diabolical in supernatural horror cinema. When Latin is intoned in a suitably Gothic context, horror-savvy audiences have every reason to foresee the Devil and his minions arriving in short order, and are rarely disappointed. This article examines the genealogy of this trope, modelling the prolegomena to an intellectual history of cinematic Satanic Latin. The first part of the analysis traces the development of the trope through literature via the European and American Gothic traditions, the writings of the Decadents, and supernatural horror literature. The analysis then broadens to encompass Occultism, the occult, and ‘occulture’ more generally as important aspects of the discourse-community within which Satanic Latin functions. Finally, the scholarly concept of ‘re-enchantment’ from the history of religions is brought to bear on the semiotic role of Satanic Latin in its performative cinematic context.”
Thursday 7 January and Sunday 17 January 2021, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Now: £10 or £8 or £5 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our conjuror-in-residence,for a highly interactive, online event that uses magic to explore how we can live in challenging times by taking inspiration from the philosophy of the Buddha.
Brian isn’t an ordinary magician, and this isn’t your everyday magic performance. His day job is a Professor in Sociology at Exeter University. As part of that he has become interested in how entertainment magic can be used to promote dialogue. This all new format uses magic tricks to illustrate Buddhist ideas that can help meet today’s challenges.
So feel free to join in the fun if you have been to one of Brian’s previous sessions at the Centre or online.
ONLINE VIA ZOOM, 27 FEBRUARY 2021.
The Magickal Women Partnership proudly presents the Magical Fiction Forum: Fairy tales, fantasy, magical realism, surreal fiction: this forum aims to bring together leading authors and scholars to discuss the impact and influence of texts that transcend their genre and leave readers enchanted and transformed. Online via Zoom.
A Leverhulme-funded research project, University of Exeter, 2019-2022.
This project focuses on a collection of magical texts attributed to an influential medieval scholar of the Arabic language, Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī (d. 1229 CE). We are producing an edition and translation of his grimoire, accompanied by a co-authored volume of essays.
A new podcast by Magic and Esotericism Group member Samuel P. Gillis Hogan. Check out the introductory episode here!:
“Magic has been practiced throughout our history, yet many people do not know that it was an ever-present part of our past. While the significance of magic in history has been established by scholars, Arcane attempts to bring this fascinating knowledge beyond academic circles to be enjoyed by everyone. This brief episode introduces: the podcast, its aims, and me – Samuel Gillis Hogan, a PhD researcher specializing in the history of magic.”
‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic encounters with enchantment and the Faerie realm in literature and culture
University of Hertfordshire, 8‒10 April 2021
Magic and Esotericism research group member Dorka Tamas discusses the work of Sylvia Plath, focusing on witchcraft, witch imagery, and different cultural and literary influences in Plath’s poetry.
Listen here on the Plath & Co Podcast!
University College London
Summer School in Ancient Philosophy
Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July 2020
The UCL Ancient Philosophy Summer School is offering exceptional one-week intensive courses this summer at opportunity-cost prices (£120) .
- The one-week intensive courses will be available online for the first time and accessible from any part of the world.
- There will be video lectures as well as discussion time with excellent tutors
- Participants will be provided with all materials and have the opportunity to talk about the ideas with other participants as well as the tutors
- The course on ‘Mystery, Science and the Divine’ is being developed and will be actively guided by two tutors specialised in Ancient Philosophy, Late Antiquity and Medieval Philosophy
Some of the questions that will be tackled include:
- What are the origins of rationality?
- Why were the deeper teachings of philosophical schools (e.g. Plato and Stoics) made accessible only to the ‘initiated’?
- Why is the divine so important for the ancients?
- Why did specific philosophical schools deal with magic, alchemy and astrology?
- How is the notion of ‘divine’ associated with philosophy and the occult arts?
- What kind of impetus was given to philosophy and science by the occult arts?
- Was magic and astrology really irrational during ancient times?
For further information on the ‘Mystery, Science and the Divine’ course please contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org