The Occult Turn

14 Sep 2018

Cost of entry

Free but ticketed

Senate Room (Room 461)

Glasgow, United Kingdom


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A one-day symposium on occult and magic practices curated by Izabella Scott, Leontios Toumpouris and Alessia Zinnari, supported by the University of Glasgow


The Occult Turn, a symposium on occult and magic practices curated by Izabella Scott, Leontios Toumpouris and Alessia Zinnari, explores how magic and esoterica have influenced politics, art and history, bringing together practitioners from a variety of backgrounds: academics, creative writers, artists and filmmakers.

The day will start with historical perspectives on witchcraft: Stephanie Dropuljic on the legal history the Witch Hunts in Scotland; Izabella Scott on colonial, anti-witchcraft laws exported to the British Caribbean; and Kirsty Pattison on the meaning of 'intelligent magic'. The symposium will move on to discuss protest and the evolution of magical practices, with a paper on libidinal heathenry by Anthony Carrick; analysis of gender politics in occult bibles by Sophie Sexon; a paper on Occult Buddhism in Modern Burma by Ian Baker; and on the legacy of Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta by Rosanna Mclaughlin. The first half of the symposium will conclude with a panel on occult biographies and the novelising witchcraft, with three contemporary writers: Alfie Prendergast, Tawnya Renelle and Carly Brown. 

A screening of artists films and a sound performance compose the second part of the symposium that negotiates with speculations and rituals associated with the land, as a signifier of fertility, collective exploration and identity with works by Richard Ashrowan, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hussein Mitha and Susannah Stark, Jade Montserrat, Aniara Omann and Giacomo Rafaelli.

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Izabella Scott

Leontios Toumpouris

Leontios Toumpouris

Alessia Zinnari

Exhibiting artists

Richard Ashrowan

Adelita Husni-Bey

Aniara Omann

Susannah Stark

Giacomo Rafaelli

Jade Montserrat

Hussein Mitha


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