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Julian Vayne and Andy Letcher – In Conversation

Julian Vayne and Andy Letcher – In Conversation

Take a trip with two experts on psychedelic history as they discuss ecology, altered states and modern pagan practice. In this video, Andy Letcher and Julian Vayne meet for a mind-expanding exchange. They delve into everything from entheogenic culture, to druids, to magic mushrooms, to the indigenous music of the British Isles, to the contemporary use of Fly Agaric. There's also a Q&A afterwards. Be prepared for far-out theories, kaleidoscopic concepts and otherworldly anecdotes. SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Dr Andy Letcher is a Senior Lecturer at both Schumacher College, Devon UK – where he is the Programme Lead for the MA Engaged Ecology – and at the University of Exeter, where he teaches on the PGCert Psychedelics: Mind, Medicine and Culture. He is the author of 'Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom', and numerous papers on psychedelics, ecology, animism and paganism. He is currently researching ritual and animistic usage of psychedelics by contemporary British Druids, and the contemporary use of the Fly Agaric mushroom. Julian Vayne is a British occultist, independent scholar and author with over four decades of experience within esoteric culture. Julian is a co-organizer of the psychedelic conference Breaking Convention, a founding member of the post-prohibition think-tank Transform. He sits on the academic board of The Journal of Psychedelic Studies. Julian facilitates psychedelic ceremony, as well as providing one-to-one psychedelic integration sessions and support. In addition to exploring traditional sacred medicines, Julian’s work includes the first published accounts of the entheogenic ritual use of ketamine and several novel psychedelic sacraments. Original Event Date: 10 April 2024
Witchcraft and Environmentalism – Philosophy Seminar

Witchcraft and Environmentalism – Philosophy Seminar

Doctoral researcher Anna Titov examines the philosophical connections between magical acts and environmentalism. In this rigorously researched lecture, Anna looks at contemporary witchcraft through the lens of ideas from 20th century phenomenology through to object-oriented ontology. She asks the timely question: can magical practice help us to halt our damage of the environment? As she explores, witchcraft practice involves the creation of an ‘otherworld’ – an act performed in order to bring change into the 'real' world. It can therefore be seen as an act of self-preservation in response to the ‘Anthropocene’ (the era of human-made change on our planet, most notably including the climate crisis). She asks: how do witchcraft practitioners create these 'otherworlds' for change? What is the interaction between the liminal element inside them and our perception? She also examines the empathic connections that witchcraft practitioners form with nonhuman entities (and therefore the overall environment). In doing so, Anna invites us to consider that magical practice may indeed be a first step towards stopping the destruction of our world. SPEAKER BIO Anna Titov is a writer and researcher in philosophy. She is pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value (Pardubice), focussing on notions of subjective physical experience in the wake of a waning natural world. She completed an MA in Continental Philosophy at Warwick in 2021, with a dissertation that looked at trans-anthropocentrism in Nietzsche's middle writings. Her areas of interest are Nietzsche, phenomenology, embodied philosophy, and esoteric spirituality. Original Event Date: 27 September 2023

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