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Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947

Periodical Occulture and the Occult Public Sphere


9.30am - 4.00pm

Venue: Keynes Library, Birkbeck, University of London


09.30 - 9.45 Introduction and Welcome 
09.45 - 11.45 

Panel I: Defining and Mapping the British Occult Press

Chair: Christine Ferguson

  • A. Gilbert (Independent Scholar), 'Thinking Sideways: Pitfalls in the Periodical Labyrinth and How to Avoid Them'
  • Michael Shaw (University of Glasgow), 'The Theosophical Press in Scotland'
  • Egil Asprem (Stockholm University), 'Science in the Early Twentieth-Century Occult Public Sphere: The Case of H. Stanley Redgrove'
11.45 - 12.45  Lunch Break 
12.45 - 14.15 

Panel 2: Tabloid Sensation and Mail-Order Magic

Chair: Roger Luckhurst

  • Nick Freeman (Loughbrough University), 'The Daily Beast: Black Magic and the Popular Press'
  • Marc Demarest (IAPSOP), 'Latent Powers, Latent Demand: A Look at the Mail-Order Occult in Anglo-American Culture, 1895-1920'
14.15 - 14.30 Coffee Break 
14.30 - 16.00

Panel 3: Public Privacies 

Chair: Andrew Radford

  • Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London), 'Negotiating the Public and Private in The Ghost Club'
  • Catherine Anyango (Konstfack), 'Beyond the Border: Visualizing Ghosts from Spirit Photography to CCTV'

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