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Aesthetic and Scientific Epistemologies of the Occult in the XIX Century
ETH Online Lecture Series, Spring 2021
We invite you to the Spring 2021 edition of our ongoing lecture series, as we continue our enquiry into aesthetic and scientific epistemologies of the occult during the long nineteenth century. On Tuesday evenings in May, through our second online series, we present approaches to the subject that combine methodologies drawn from art history, religious studies, media theory, anthropology and science studies. In our first lecture, anthropologist, Ehler Voss will take a look at the opposing views of two Californian magicians by relating them to nineteenth-century debates surrounding the credibility of magical practices. In the second lecture, with an approach similarly grounded in religious anthropology, Erin Yerby will investigate the role of the body as medium in the American Spiritualist tradition, which she contextualizes within broader Protestant-inflected iconoclastic tradition. In our third lecture, art historian, Victoria Ferentinou will explore the influence of esoteric discourses on artistic theory and practice of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her focus will be on the painting and theory of the Greek symbolist, Frixos Aristeus (1879-1951). Finally, in the fourth lecture, historian of religion, Marco Pasi will consider the presence of occult-related themes in the oeuvre of the late contemporary artist, Chiara Fumai (1978-2017).
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Event website: lit.ethz.ch/occultism
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Prof. Dr. Ehler Voss, University of Bremen
“Magic Tipping Points. On Deceptions and Detections.”
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Dr. Erin Yerby, Rice University
“The Body as Spectral Shape: Spiritualist Mediumship and Anglo-American Iconoclasm.”
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Prof. Dr. Victoria Ferentinou, University of Ioannina
“‘Colours are Things’: The Visionary Art of Frixos Aristeus.”
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Prof. Dr. Marco Pasi, University of Amsterdam
“‘Witchcraft with Capital W’: The Magical Art of Chiara Fumai.”
The lecture series is organized by Chloë Sugden, Jonas Stähelin and Andreas Kilcher as part of the SNSF project "Scientification and Aestheticization of 'Esotericism' in the long 19th century".
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