Magic and the Mind Research Day

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Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library

A research day exploring Senate House Library’s rich and comprehensive collections showing the relationship between magic and the human mind. These collections show how human fascination with the magical world can be found in most cultures from Antiquity to modern times, and how the division into the distinct fields of psychology and parapsychology is a very recent phenomenon.

The session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of the subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.

The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners


10:00 – 10:15  Registration

10:15 – 10:20  Welcome and Introduction

10:20 – 10:35  Maria Castrillo and Richard Espley (Senate House Library) - Collections Overview

10:35 – 11:20  Case Studies

  • Richard Espley (Senate House Library) - Developing the Magical Collections of Senate House Library
  • Tansy Barton (Senate House Library) - Conjuring a Pastime: Magic for the Victorian Child
  • Mura Ghosh (Senate House Library) - Parapsychology Holdings at Senate House Library

11:20 – 12:00  Viewing of Collections

12:00 – 12:30  Discussion and Next Steps

Event details

  • 19 February 2019 10:00
  • Maria Castrillo, Richard Espley, Tansy Barton
  • Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library
  • Free (please book in advance due to limited places available)
  • Senate House Library Event


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