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Reinventing the Renaissance Occult in Modern and Postmodern Culture

Date: Saturday 14 November 2009
Time: 9.00 - 18.00
Venue: Helmore 201, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Over the last hundred years many creative writers, critics, thinkers and artists - for example Peter Ackroyd, Derek Jarman, Carl Jung and Marina Warner - have turned to the magicians and alchemists of the Renaissance period for inspiration. Some have been drawn to the intriguing remoteness of such figures from our own more scientific and sceptical age. Others, by contrast, have sought to discover unexpected points of contact between the mysteries of the occult and more modern mysteries, such as quantum science. The lure of the occult today may partly be explained by a growing dissatisfaction with Enlightenment rationalism and its perceived failure to address fundamental human concerns.

This conference explored these more recent aspects of the afterlife of the Renaissance Occult.

Please see below for the conference programme:

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