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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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