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Autumn 2018 Alumni Short Course

£30 (fund-raiser)

Dr Fiona Bowie

Explorations in Ontological Anthropology:

Exploring Place, Presence and Power

The 'ontological turn' in anthropology claimed to open the discipline to non-Western ways of seeing and to taboo areas of study within Western contexts. In the end it promised much but has delivered little. Professional nervousness, powerful gatekeepers in academic employment and publishing, and self-censorship, have conspired to limit the impact of alternative ways of seeing and understanding the world within academia.

In these three talks I will attempt to push the boundaries by allowing ordinary and extraordinary views of the world to inform one another. To do so I start with the recognition that any definition of the boundary between what is ordinary/extraordinary is contextual, fluid and involves semantics rather than any essential properties.

Wednesday 31 Oct (18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018,

Wednesday 7 November (18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018,

Wednesday 14 November(18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018

These sessions will be recorded.

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Thursday 13 December 2018

The Christmas Lecture

18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Anna Estaroth

Clava Cairns - holes in the fabric of space and time.

The Clava cairns are Early Bronze Age monuments in the Central Highlands of Scotland. For centuries they were associated with the Sìth (Sidhe) otherworld, where a separate time operated. This sparked an exploration of them as locations where the low midwinter Sun and low midsummer full Moon on major limit years might generate ideas about different dimensions of time.


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Past Events

Tuesday 2 Oct 2018, 18.30 - 20.00 BST

Akindynos Kaniamos

Human and Divine Interaction in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis:

Astrology as a Paradigm of the Interaction with the Divine

The mode of interaction between human and divine planes of existence constitutes a major background in the metaphysical landscape of De Mysteriis. Incited by Porphyry's queries on polytheistic religious phenomena and practices, Iamblichus suggests that humans, may see and listen to the gods.

Winner of the 2018 MA Dissertation Prize

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Thursday 14 Dec 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Morag Feeney-Beaton

The Spindle of Necessity & the Colour White

Short listed for the 2017 MA Dissertation Prize

The talk will extract and discuss an aspect from my dissertation which centres around the drop spindle, placing particular focus on the spindle in motion, introducing possible cosmological connotations and unpacking the notion of the Spindle of Necessity.

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Thursday 12 Oct 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Astrid Leimlehner

Psychological Dimensions of Astrology

Winner: 2016 MA Dissertation Prize

Was the induction of the term 'psychological astrology' a linguistic misunderstanding? Were psychological characteristics introduced into astrology as late as in the 20th century? And do English-speaking and German-speaking astrologers mean the same thing when they speak about 'psychological astrology'?

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Friday 19 May 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Faye Cossar

Using Qualitative Narrative Research to compare Organisational Development Models in companies

This talk covers the 'why' of astrological research, and discusses how the results of my study led to the development of an astrologically based Company Clock model. I will also discuss how I use it in Business Astrology practice.

We are delighted that Faye Cossar MA has been able to reschedule her free lecture for the Alumni Association on the work of her MA dissertation. Faye delivered this lecture at the Sophia Centre London Postgraduate last December and it is fascinating insight into the subject. Please plan to join us. Looking to forward to seeing you online.

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Thursday 23 March 2017 (GMT)

Thursday 30 March 2017 (BST)

Thursday 6 April 2017 (BST)

Chris Mitchell

Medieval Astrology

Astrology was an integral part of the medieval world view, a visible aspect of a living and divine cosmos. It was taught in schools and monasteries and universities. It was used in medicine, weather forecasting, fortune telling and in founding new cities. It was the cutting-edge science of its day, uniting scholars and bringing together Jews, Muslims, Christians and Indians, teaching and using it on a day to day basis.

Fundraiser - £25 - 3 nights!

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Liz Hathway

Saturn: An auto-ethnographic enquiry into contemporary astrological practice


Thursday 26 January 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

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Fabio da Silva

Fabio Silva - A Journey Through Pre-History From Caves to Stone Circles

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Wednesday 23 November 2016

at 18.30 - 20.00 GMT,

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Dorian Greenmbaum

Dr Dorian Gieseler Greenmbaum - Cosmos and Character: Topics in Hellenistic Astrology

Wed 30 March, Wed 6 April and Wed 13 April 2016

at 19:00 - 21:00 GMT,

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Bernard Eccles

Bernard Eccles - Judgement Without Consideration

Thursday 11 February 2016

at 19:00 - 20:00 GMT,

followed by wine and cheese discussion

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Bernadette Brady - An Online Introduction to Egyptian Astronomy

Three Wednesday WebEx Seminars at 19:00 - 21:00 GMT,

25 November, 2 December and the 9 December 2015

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