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Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947

The Occult in Popular Fiction and Entertainments


9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: University College Dublin


9.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Spirits of the Air

‘Elementals, Dr Watson! From Gabalis to Zanoni and Ghost Land
Professor Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam)

‘Occult Radio: The Uncanny on the Air’
Professor Richard Hand (University of East Anglia)

10.30–11.00 Coffee Break

Popular Occulture in Ireland

‘Utopian Occultism in Fin de Siècle Dublin’
Pádraic E. Moore (Independent Curator, Art Historian, and Writer, Netherlands)

‘The Everyday Occult on Stage: The Plays of Lord Dunsany’
Professor Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin)

12.30–1.30 Lunch

Demons, Witches, and Satanists in British Popular Fiction

‘Class, Degeneracy and the Occult in Richard Marsh’s The Goddess: A Demon
Dr Patricia Pulham (University of Portsmouth)

‘Dreams, Spirits and Witches in the Strange Interwar Fiction of David Lindsay’
Dr Steven Sutcliffe (University of Edinburgh)

‘Dennis Wheatley, Pulp Satanist’
Professor Darryl Jones (Trinity College Dublin)

3.30–4.00 Coffee Break
4.00–5.00 Roundtable
5.30–7.00 Reception at the Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin

Space is limited and advance registration is required for all events.

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