"'Such Tricks Hath Strong Imagination': Exploring Magic in Art"

Lecture by Dr. Susan Greenwood

23.01.2014, 19:00


(in English, free admission)


Anthropologist Susan Greenwood explores magic as a process of deepening awareness. By trying to bridge the gap between supposedly rational and irrational perceptions of the world, we will start to understand the non-material realms traversed by various shamans from time. The aim is to make magic more comprehensible as a lived 'beingness' that changes the way we experience and come to understand the world. In this lecture, Greenwood will explore magic and shamanistic aspects of artistic practice and the reception of art. Furthermore she will discuss the related social dimensions which are relevant for the field of anthropology.


Susan Greenwood is an anthropologist specializing in the study of magic. A past Research Fellow and lecturer at the Universities of London and Sussex, she is now involved in on-going research on magic at the Esalen Institute Center for Theory and Research, California. Her doctoral thesis on British magicians was published as Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld: An anthropology in 2000. Other work includes The Nature of Magic: An anthropology of consciousness (2005), The Anthropology of Magic (2009) and Magical Consciousness: An anthropological and neurobiological approach with Erik D. Goodwyn (forthcoming in 2014).



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