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The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets: A symposium exploring the relationship between Art and Esotericism

The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets: A symposium exploring the relationship between Art and Esotericism
7 Hart House Circle, East Common Room
Time: Mar 10th, 9:00 am End: Mar 10th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Symposium

The Department of Art and the Graduate Union of the Students of Art at the University of Toronto present

2017 Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium

The Secret Arts and the Art of Secrets: A symposium exploring the relationship between Art and Esotericism

Friday March 10, 2017
East Common Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Keynote address: Professor Serena Keshavjee, University of Winnipeg

Justly or not, esotericism has been universally excised from modernist perceptions of the world: the practice of astrology has been distanced from astronomy; alchemy has been distilled from chemistry; and magic has been calculated out of the equations of physics. The modern antipathy to Esotericism, however, has been tempered by exciting research over the past thirty years with increasingly more papers, periodicals, conferences, and academic programs that seek to rehabilitate, reveal, and interrogate the formative role that Esoteric traditions have had and continue to have on contemporary culture. This symposium aims to participate in this movement by investigating Esotericism in the context of visual culture from antiquity to the present. It seeks to provide a forum for scholars from a wide variety of fields who are keen about this engaging topic, but who may be finding it difficult to connect with other researchers on a subject that has only recently gained momentum within established academic curricula. We invite participation from students and scholars, new to the field or not, who may be deploying systems of visual and material culture in their research as a basis for illustration or argumentation.

For more information, please visit: https://gustasymposium.wordpress.com/ or email gustasymposium@gmail.com

 

 

 

 


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