Annual theme "Real Magic"
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series (2015/16)



Magic and Power

with Olivia Plender and Marco Pasi


Note: Due to health reasons Olivia Plender was not able to attend the lecture.


Marco Pasi


Marco Pasi is associate professor in the history of hermetic philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam. The focus of his research as well as his teaching and publishing activity lies on the history of modern Western esotericism and its relation to magic, art, and politics. Pasi, who holds a PhD in religious studies, is a leading member of the Enchanted Modernities research network and a former fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt. He co-curated various exhibitions such as La Chambre des Cauchemars: Peintures inconnues d’Aleister Crowley at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2008), Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits at the MUMA Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne, 2015), and Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2016). His book Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (Acumen, 2014) has been translated into several languages.