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    The Donkey King

    Asinine Symbology in Ancient and Medieval Magic Emily Selove https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009076234 The 13th-century Arabic grimoire, al-Sakkākī’s Kitāb al-Shāmil (Book of the Complete), provides numerous methods of contacting jinn. The first such jinn described, Abū Isrā’īl Būzayn ibn Sulaymān, arrives with a donkey. In the course of offering an explanation for his ritual, this Element reveals the […]


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    MA in Magic and Occult Sciences

    https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/arabislamic/magic-occult-science/


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    Alternative Rationalities and Esoteric Practices from a Global Perspective

    https://cas-e.de/ See their lecture series here: https://cas-e.de/2023/09/04/lecture-series-winter-semester-2023-24/ Mission Statement “The Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Alternative Rationalities and Esoteric Practices from a Global Perspective undertakes the investigation of the apparent persistence of practices aimed at predicting, controlling, managing, and manipulating contingent life events, despite an increasingly dominant scientific and technical discourse that delegitimises […]


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    Four of Swords presents OEDIPUS

    This October FOUR OF SWORDS leads you back into the belly of the earth to witness a terrifying tale of fate versus free will. The legendary riddle-master Oedipus does battle with the crafty Sphinx! He gains the crown of Thebes, and wins the hand in marriage of its mighty queen, Jocasta. Fast forward years in […]


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    ENSIE 2024 Call for Papers: Dreams and Visions in Islam

    Dreams and Visions in Islam 2024 Meeting of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE)2-3 July 2024University of Exeter, EnglandDeadline for submissions: February 15, 2024 http://ensie.site/conferences.html The European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE) invites you to submit proposals for its 2024 meeting. The theme for the meeting […]


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    MAGIC, SECRECY AND REVELATION

    BRIAN RAPPERT Exeter Phoenix’s conjuror-in-residence, Professor Brian Rappert, is back for a new round of shows that use entertainment magic to ask questions about how we experience the world. Magic, Secrecy and Revelation offers a celebration and a re-imagination of social life through examining the role of secrecy and disclosure in our interactions and the vexed […]


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    MAGEIA Research Fellowships

    Reposted from Earl Fontainelle’s notice here: https://ancientesotericism.com/2023/07/31/mageia-research-fellowships/ “Students of ancient esotericism with their ear to the ground will have heard about the new MagEIA project, which promises to be a doozy of a cross-cultural research-project into ancient magic. If you have not heard of it, there is some information below. Anyone with an interest in proposing […]


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    Occulture Conference: A Master’s Degree in Magic

    https://occultureconference.com/dr-emily-selove/ 19-22 OCTOBER – BERLIN A MASTERS DEGREE IN MAGIC: THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S NEW INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM The University of Exeter will launch a new Master’s Degree program on Magic and the Occult in 2024: a flexible degree which gives students the freedom to explore their specific interests within the long and diverse history of […]


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    Apocalyptic Times: Spirituality in Global Revolt

    deadline for the call for papers to Monday 31st July – please contact Iona (ir299@exeter.ac.uk) for more information 7-8th September 2023, University of Exeter and Online https://sites.exeter.ac.uk/criticalspirituality/ “In recent years, ideas and practices of spirituality have become increasingly visible within activist and protest movements across the political spectrum, from ecological and decolonizing movements to populist […]


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    Praise For Wonders and Rarities

    The Marvelous Book That Traveled the World and Mapped the Cosmos by Travis Zadeh https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674258457 Emily Selove’s informal review: This is a remarkable book, in that it is extremely academically rigorous, while being simultaneously accessible to a wide audience and a genuine pleasure to read.  The introduction draws you in, the writing style is gripping […]


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    MA in Magic and Occult Sciences

    We are delighted to announce a new MA in Magic and Occult Sciences launching in September, 2024.  This is a flexible degree, which provides you the freedom to design you own course of study. Led by a team of faculty members across departments (see our “members” tab), an essential aspect of this programme is its interdisciplinarity. […]


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    Magic and Witchcraft: Evolving beliefs, practices and attitudes

    Thu, 22 Jun 2023 09:30 – Fri, 23 Jun 2023 17:30 BST Organised by Tabitha Stanmore and Debora Moretti Attendees are welcome to join in-person in York or online. (King’s Manor – University of York, Exhibition Square York YO1 7EP) Keynote speaker: Professor James Sharpe (University of York) “This two-day event aims to investigate the […]


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    The European Witch Hunt in World Context, with Prof Ronald Hutton

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-european-witch-hunt-in-world-context-with-prof-ronald-hutton-tickets-433585795787 The European Witch Hunt in World Context: Some Further Thoughts Professor Ronald Hutton 3:30pm, Wednesday 1st March, Lecture Theatre D, Streatham Court (University of Exeter). Followed by a drinks reception from around 5:00pm. This event will also be streamed online via Zoom. Please register for ‘Online Only’ to receive the link. “Witch-hunting is not […]


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    Earth Spells: Witches of the Anthropocene

    11 February 2023 – 7 May 2023 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter https://rammuseum.org.uk/whats-on/earth-spells-witches-of-the-anthropocene/ “Artists: Caroline Achaintre, Emma Hart, Kris Lemsalu, Mercedes Mühleisen, Grace Ndiritu, Florence Peake, Kiki Smith, and Lucy Stein Through the work of eight contemporary artists, this specially curated new exhibition for RAMM explores otherworldly connections to nature. Earth Spells: Witches of the Anthropocene responds […]


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    University of Exeter Library Resource Guide

    https://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/archives/esotericism-magical-tradition “This resource guide is based on a reading list for a seminar (ARAM251) created by Dr James Downs, and provides an overview of resources held by the University of Exeter’s Special Collections and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum that relate to esotericism and the magical tradition.” Explore titles related to “Ancient and Arabic Sources,” […]


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    The Sorcerer’s Handbook: Dirt from the crossroads in the 13th-century

    November 28th 6-8 PM Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sorcerers-handbook-dirt-from-the-crossroads-in-the-13th-century-tickets-462520740987 A sheep heart full of pins, a graveyard at midnight, a contract with Satan signed in a magic circle: these are the stereotypical images of magic found in folk-horror depictions of European witchcraft and sorcery. This presentation […]


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    The Marks We Leave: Devotion, Damage and Debauchery in Sacred Spaces

    Being Human Café in Bristol to discuss the use of spiritual spaces – both natural and constructed – throughout history. Date and time Sat, 12 November 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 GMT Location The Old Fish Market, Bristol 59-63 Baldwin Street Bristol BS1 1QZ Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-marks-we-leave-devotion-damage-and-debauchery-in-sacred-spaces-tickets-421234272047?fbclid=IwAR1mVliWUltL1E55EtB7YBVRufjacZwrUr8ouXvuBh4oHG5Np1xno2UoGgI “This café will start with a discussion of how […]


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    Curating Magic, British Art Network

    https://britishartnetwork.org.uk/event/curating-magic-october-2022/ The organisers for this event are currently inviting calls for papers. Seminar exploring magic as content, theory and/or practice in exhibition making Saturday, 29th October 2022 | day-time BST (online) Magic ‘… the means of approaching the unknown by other ways than those of science or religion.’ (Max Ernst, 1946) “Inspired by exhibitions such as […]


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    Societas Magica Conference Sessions

    MAGIC UN/DISCIPLINED International Conference, Societas Magica University of South Carolina, September 2-4, 2022 Hybrid format Showcasing recent cross-cultural and interdisciplinary advances in the history and anthropology of “magic,” this international conference will provide a forum for wide-ranging conversations on this often embattled but perennially vital category and its myriad deployments over time, space and genre. What […]


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    Imaginative Landscapes and Otherworlds

     22nd June: Online The purpose of this online conference is to discuss and further explore the relationship between tangible and imaginative landscapes, co-organised by University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imaginative-landscapes-and-otherworlds-conference-tickets-331806932467


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