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The AGM of the Traditional Cosmology Society will be held on 8 August 2016, at 19.00. All members are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com for details.
‘The Astrological Worldview’
Dr Jane Ridder-Patrick
Thursday 3 December 2015
Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art (Old Building)
Start time: 5.00pm
Astrology – the correlation of events and movements in the heavens with events and qualities on earth – has been practised by every major civilisation since time immemorial and despite being banished from Western mainstream culture in the late seventeenth century it still flourishes today, albeit as a marginalised practice. This talk will investigate the secret of astrology’s tenacity and explore the astrological worldview, demonstrating how it has been used over the years and some of its present day applications.
Pre-registration is now available for this conference.
Please send all enquiries to Louise Milne, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shamanism and Cunning Folk
Traditional and Modern Perspectives
31st October 2015
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, J.05
10:00 – 10:30: Registration and tea / coffee
10:30: Louise Milne University of Edinburgh
The Restructuring of the Self in Shamanic Visions
11:15: Jenny Butler University College Cork
Cunning Folk in the Irish Context: Wise Women,
Fairy Doctors and the Consequences of Contact with the Otherworld
12:00: Magnus Course University of Edinburgh
Changelings: alterity beyond difference
12:45 – 14:00: Lunch break
14:00: Maria Magdolna Tatár Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture, Oslo
Fighting Evil in Rivalry between Lamas and Shamans
14:45: Lidia Guzy University College Cork
Gurumai tradition of Koraput: Shamanism of Middle India
15:30: James Kapalo University College Cork
“This dream is the dream of the Mother of God” Dreaming and Charming in Contemporary Gagauziya
16:15 – 17:30: Discussion
22 September 2014
Conference Room, 27 George Square
Speaker: Martha McGill
Subject: “The Folkloric Ghost in Early Modern Scotland.”
From the ethereal wraith to the corpse-like revenant, the ghosts of
early modern Scotland varied widely. This talk will explore the
diverse roles they played in popular culture, making use of the
fragmentary evidence from ballads, court records, pamphlet literature
and folklorists’ accounts. It will consider the differences between
Lowland and Highland ghosts, and look at how ghosts intertwined with
phenomena such as witches, fairies and second sight apparitions. Elite
discourses on ghosts evolved significantly between the Reformation and
the nineteenth century, and the talk will also analyse how (or
whether) popular stories changed as a result. An under-researched
topic, ghosts offer a valuable window into early modern religion and
Martha McGill is a fourth-year PhD History student, working on a
thesis entitled ‘Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland’.
Afterwards will going for dinner at Vittoria on George IV Bridge and
attendees of the talk are most welcome to join us.
Please note that all meetings will be held in the conference room, Celtic and Scottish Studies, 27 George Square, Edinburgh. All welcome.
Monday, 10 February
Time: 7 pm
Speaker: Antonella Sciancalepore
‘Traces of animal transformations of the hero in medieval literature’
Tuesday, 4 March
Time: 7 pm
Speaker: Casey High
‘Cosmological perspectivism and the dangers of shamanism in Amazonia’
Saturday, 12 April
Day conference on ‘Ghosts’ from 10 am to 5 pm.
Conference fee for TCS members £1; others £2.
Opening speaker: Professor Mirjam Mencej, Royal Society of Edinburgh Exchange Fellow from Slovenia. The Annual General Meeting of the Traditional Cosmology Society will take place at 12.30 pm.
Thursday, 24 April
Speaker: Terry Gunnell
‘Current thinking about the Vanir in Old Norse mythology’