I'd be very surprised if my colleague Sarah Pike, who is organizing the program for this year's ISSRNC, was the one who rejected your earlier proposal, given her own interests and practice. In any case, I think that due to recent scholarship, Crowley has been to a certain extent rehabilitated; the debt that all modern magical practice owes to him has become much clearer. Scholars are less distracted by the tragedies of his personal life and the folklore about him that drew attention away from his genius. For example, Neville Drury's _Stealing Fire from Heaven: the Rise of Modern Western Magic_ (OUP, 2011) makes very clear the connection between landscape and ecstasy in Crowley's writings.
There's no doubt that the study of occult practices has been marginalized in the academy, and that some have been marginalized more than others; but let's not, as the link Sashita posted yesterday also illustrates, demonize the very people who are trying hard to being about change therein.
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On 21/01/2012 20:18, Magliocco, Sabina wrote:
This was for a publication couple of years back - A-Z type thing -
assuming it's the same people, apologies if I am traducing -
they'd already decided there was no need to list Crowley, or rather the
"expert" had - presumably because he assumed Crowley has no connection
with nature -
hence my thoughts about presuppositions - happens a lot with Crowley -
people have made up their mind what he thought -
and its hard work to take the debate in another direction.
Of course Crowley wasn't good at writing about nature although he spent
a lot of time in some very elemental landscapes -
i don't think you'd ge t this from existing biogs either - which tend to
regurgitate the same old stories and indeed presuppositions -
the technocratic interpretation perhaps -
just a thought -
> Mogg, the deadline is April 1, 2012, so whatever you submitted, you probably did not submit for this year's conference. This is the first CFP. Consider, too, that the organizing committees are made up of different people each time. This year's committee may be more receptive to your proposal that that of other years because of the research interests of the members (see below).
> Sabina Magliocco
> Department of Anthropology
> California State University - Northridge
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> On 20/01/2012 21:03, Magliocco, Sabina wrote:
> I'm sure i submitted something to them on Aleister Crowley& Nature which they refused on principle?
> So might be worth checking for hidden presuppositions : )
> Mogg Morgan
> The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture<http://www.religionandnature.com/society/> (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.”
> For generations, the interconnections between religion and nature have been expressed, promoted, and contested through the incubator of popular culture, including films produced in nearby Hollywood. As a global and symbolic center that reflects and invents nature/religion representations, Malibu and its environs provide a fantastic venue for critical reflection on the religion/nature nexus in the popular imagination. Along with keynote addresses and other scholarly sessions, a number of special events and excursions are in the works, including a scholar-led tour of The Getty Villa in Malibu and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and famous Malibu coast. Some of these may be offered before or after the official conference period. Affordable on-campus housing will be available to conference participants.
> We invite proposals about nature and religion in diverse expressions of popular culture, including films, television, comics, fiction, music, sports, graffiti, clothing, and festivals. As always, while we encourage proposals focused on the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals from all areas (regional and historical) and from all disciplinary perspectives that explore the complex relationships between religious beliefs and practices (however defined and understood), cultural traditions and productions, and the earth’s diverse ecological systems. We encourage proposals that include theoretical frameworks and analyses, emphasize dialogue and discussion, promote collaborative research, and are unusual in terms of format and structure.
> Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, and posters should be submitted directly to Sarah Pike at [log in to unmask] It is not necessary to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal. Individual paper proposals should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and email of the presenter(s), title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a brief, 150 word biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation, if any). Proposals for entire sessions must include a title and abstract for the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Proposers should also provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions, and whether any technology, such as data projectors, are desired. Most paper presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed on discussion in all sessions. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by the Scientific Committee, but conference directors will be aware of proposers’ identities in order to select for diversity in terms of geographical area and career stage. Student proposals are particularly welcome.
> The deadline for proposals is 1 April 2012.
> Please send queries and replies to Sarah Pike, above, and *not* to me!
> Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
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