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Bloomsbury Summer School

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Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on Ancient Egypt and other areas of the Ancient World.

Summer School Timetables 2017

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Monday 17 to Friday 21 July

The Subtle Science: Magic in ancient Egypt

Course Directors: Dr Joanna Kyffin

This timetable is unlikely to change, but remains provisional until the first day of the course

 

Monday 17 July

10:45 – 11:00
Students assemble in BSS Common Room (Dept. of History, UCL)

11:00 – 11:30
BSS Co-Director’s Welcome Address

11:30 – 13:00
Welcome and Magical Cliché Bingo

13:00 – 14:30
Welcome Lunch in BSS Common Room (G09/10)

14:00
Short optional tour of UCL led by Co-Director (meet in G09/10)

14:30 – 15:45
Towards a Definition of Magic

16:15 – 17:30
A Brief History of Magical Practice

17:30
Non-BSS event: get together with fellow students for a drink in a local café/bar

 

Tuesday 18 July

10:00 – 11:15
A Brief History of Magical Texts

11:45 – 13:00
Magic and Religion

14:15 – 15:30
Healing Magic: how magic and medicine intersect

16:00 – 17:15
Magic in Literature

17:15 – 18:30
Reception in the Petrie Museum (guests welcome)


Wednesday 19 July

10:00 – 11:15
Group A: Handling Magical Objects in the Petrie Museum
Group B: Independent study

11:45 – 13:00
Who was the Magician?

14:15 – 15:30
Magical Gestures and Determinatives

16:00 – 17:15
Magical Objects

18:00
Non-BSS event: get together with fellow students for dinner in a local restaurant

 

Thursday 20 July

10:00 – 11:15
Group B: Handling Magical Objects in the Petrie Museum
Group A: Independent study

11:45 – 13:00
Speaking with the Tongues of Magicians

14:15 – 15:30
Dangerous Magic

16:00 – 17:15
Late Magic and its Influences

 

Friday 21 July

10:00 – 11:15
A visit to The British Museum

11:45 – 13:00
Reception of Magic

14:15 – 15:30
The Psychology of Magic

16:00 – 17:15
The Future in Egyptian Magic: divination and dreams

17:15 – 19:00
Farewell Drinks Party