Why history? The history of magic
Tue 18 May 2021, 18:00 - 19:00
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Sharing insights from the past that help us to make sense of the present.
Three great strands of practice and belief run through human history: science, religion, and magic. But why has magic – the idea that we have a connection with the universe – developed a bad reputation? In this event, Chris Gosden explores the role of magic in shaping civilisations and how we might use it today to rethink our understanding of the world.
His most recent book is The History of Magic. From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present.
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Speaker: Professor Chris Gosden FBA, Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford
Chair: Farhana Haider, Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter for the BBC World Service’s Witness History
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