Wed, 13 Sept|
The Occult Revival - History Seminar
19th century Paris, the Golden Dawn, Blavatsky, Crowley -- and 20th century modernism -- in Western Esoteric history, with Dr Sasha Chaitow
Time & Location
13 Sept 2023, 19:00 – 21:30
About The Event
The end of the 19th century saw an unprecedented public resurgence of occultism, and in this exciting lecture / seminar, Dr Sasha Chaitow examines the famed flowering, taking in the fin-de-siècle French Occult Revival, the Order of the Golden Dawn, Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, and their groups. The occult revival was largely due to the aftermath of the French Revolution and its secularism; it was framed by the crumbling of European empires, during which ominous forces were gathering which would ultimately lead to the outbreak of the First World War. The occult revival occasioned a flowering of the arts not seen since the Renaissance, and its ideas filtered through twentieth century culture -- seen in modernist art and literature, as well as in elements of science and medicine.
How it works. Before the seminar date (13 September) you will listen to Dr Sasha Chaitow's pre-recorded lecture and read through some source texts, both of which will be emailed to you in the preceding week. When you join the online 2.5-hour seminar, you will be discussing in small groups in Zoom 'breakout rooms' and also sharing with the whole group. The discussions are based off the lecture and readings, so please allow time to look at these in the preceding week. Sasha hosts Q&A the start and end.
About the Instructor Dr Sasha Chaitow earned her PhD in Cultural History/Western Esotericism at the University of Essex. She holds an MA in the History of Western Esotericism (University of Exeter, 2008), and an MA in Literature (University of Indianapolis, 2004). She has published two books based on her research, is working on two more, and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and has 20 years experience in adult education. She frequently presents her research at conferences and has organised numerous academic symposia. In her parallel career as a visual artist, she has produced 13 solo art exhibitions in the UK, Greece, and Sweden and participates in curated group exhibitions. Current (2022) research interests include the history of science and its intersection with wider culture between the 18th-21st centuries, and interdisciplinary approaches in the health sciences. Full CV: www.sashachaitow.co.uk/about-2
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