8:30-9:00         Registration

9:00-9:15         Welcome and Introduction

9:15-9:45         Introductory address by Dr. Patrick Thériault (University of Toronto, Department of French), One Big Trick of Mallarmé’s (social) magic: The “Book”


9:45-10:15       Felicity Tsering Chödron Hamer (Concordia University), Picturing Absence: Women and Victorian-era Spirit Photography.

10:15-10:45   Corinna Gannon (Goethe University, Frankfurt), Evelyn De Morgan and the Female Alchemist.


10:45-11:00    Break


11:00-11:30    Paul Harrison (University of Toronto), John Dee as Celestial Artist: The Hieroglyphic Monad and Total Knowledge.

11:30-12:00    Dante Diotallevi (Queeen’s University), Renaissance Hermeticism and Human Anatomy: Robert Fludd’s ‘Profound Secret of Medicine’.


12:00-1:00       Lunch


1:00-1:30         Olga Zaikina-Kondur (Pennsylvania State University), Mapping: Cosmology, Alchemy and Genealogy of Space.

1:30-2:00         Tania Vanessa Alvarez Portugal (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Astrology in the Castello Sforzesco. The Benedetto da Milano’s calendar tapestries.


2:00-2:15         Break


2:15-2:45         Joel Bourland (McMaster University), Queer Theory and the Shamanic Ideal: Towards an anthropology of ecstasy, affect, and sexual pluralism.

2:45-3:15         Fanny Curtat (Université du Québec) Occult References in Contemporary Art: The case of Benoît Pype.


3:15-3:30         Break


Keynote Speaker


3:30-4:30         Dr. Serena Keshavjee (University of Winnipeg), Teleplasmic Trances: Theatre and Technology in the Scientific Séances of  Winnipeg’s Dr. T. G. Hamilton

4:30-5:00         Questions, Discussion, and Closing Remarks


5:00-7:00         Reception