Past CSWR Event Videos

Erik Davis

Video: Techgnosis Today

April 22, 2022

Erik Davis’ first book, the celebrated Techgnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information, was published almost twenty-five years ago. Still in print, this cult classic of media studies continues to inform conversations about technology, consciousness, and new digital expressions of religion and esotericism.... Read more about Video: Techgnosis Today

Dr Amy Hale

Video: Ways of Knowing through the Changing Landscapes of Esoteric Art

April 6, 2022

In this illustrated talk and conversation, we will explore how our understanding of artists’ esoteric practice is shaping the conversation between art, artists and the audience. We will primarily be looking at the contributions of women artists, both historical and current, ranging from the Theosophically inspired Hilma af Klint and Surrealist occultist Ithell Colquhoun to a number of contemporary artists for whom esoteric practice is foundational to their art.... Read more about Video: Ways of Knowing through the Changing Landscapes of Esoteric Art

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Video: Divining the Feminine in Tibet: Saga & Sādhana of Yeshe Tsogyal

March 8, 2022

Yeshe Tsogyal, the leading female presence of Tibet, appears in two distinct genres of literature, autobiographical and ritual practice texts (sādhana). Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma draws on a recent practice texts related writings to conclude that this sādhana is at core a conversation about one’s own relation to a divine feminine, which gradually reveals a wholistic divine, a non-binary writ large, that is nonetheless fully feminine in image and metaphor.... Read more about Video: Divining the Feminine in Tibet: Saga & Sādhana of Yeshe Tsogyal

Dr. Elizabeth Perez

Video: Gut and Other Knowledges in Religions of the African Diaspora

March 1, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Pérez discusses practices of embodied knowledge production and transmission in such Afro-Diasporic religions as Cuban Lucumí, Haitian Vodou, and Brazilian Candomblé. In conversation with CSWR Research Associate Dr. Giovanna Parmigiani, she connects the insights from her first book on sacred food preparation with current scholarship on gut feelings, knowing, and beings in Black Atlantic traditions.... Read more about Video: Gut and Other Knowledges in Religions of the African Diaspora

Accidental Deification

Video: Accidental Deification: A Conversation with Anna Della Subin

March 1, 2022

Ever since Columbus reported he was hailed as "a celestial being" in 1492, stories of unexpected apotheoses have haunted the modern age—arising particularly at times of imperialist invasion, nationalist struggle, and political unrest. From Haile Selassie to Prince Philip, men unwittingly turned divine have much to reveal about empire, race, and the relationship between politics and divinity, as HDS alumna Anna Della Subin argues in her recent book Accidental Gods.... Read more about Video: Accidental Deification: A Conversation with Anna Della Subin