22 January 2021: Podcast I Sabrina Scott & Lilith Dorsey
29 January 2021: Live Q&A I Sabrina Scott & Lilith Dorsey (chaired by Alice Tarbuck)
Western magic historically has been concerned with discerning connections between the human (microcosm) and the world (macrocosm), but modern magical practices digs deeper into these efforts of discernment. Faced with environmental crisis, what can magical techniques teach us about what it means to be a body entangled with other bodies? Lilith Dorsey and Sabrina Scott have both researched and practiced forms of magical entanglement, and in this panel they discuss witchcraft as an art of attuning to the real.
Lilith Dorsey is an author, speaker and magical practitioner. Their first initiation came from Mambo Bonnie Devlin, and their academic work has focussed on ritual dance and possession on film. Lilith edits Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, and is the creator of the critically acclaimed experimental documentary Bodies of Water: Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation. Lilith is the author of numerous books, including Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism (2005), Water Magic (2020) and Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens: The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions (2020). Their work has been featured in the New York Times and the Village Voice. Lilith was also choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. In July 2013, she led her first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave, complete with very confused Thriller flash mob. Lilith posts about their work on https://lilithdorsey.com.
Sabrina Scott is a doctoral student in Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto. Their MA dissertation, WITCHBODY: a rambling and poetic autoethnography of western occult magic as a pathway for environmental learning and advocacy (2018, 2nd ed.), won the 2016 LGBT Youthline Outstanding Achievements in Post-Secondary Academic Environment Award. Scott views magic as a way of building relationship with non-human beings: you, me, plants, trees, coffee cups and garbage bins. Their forthcoming Curse & Cure (2022) is a guide to working with magic and witchcraft in the real world. Scott maintains a professional design and illustration practice using comics, illustrations, zines, and book arts to work through critical theory, philosophy, ethics, spirituality, sensation and social justice: sabrinamscott.com / https://instagram.com/sabrinamscott.
Chair: Alice Tarbuck is a poet and academic based in Edinburgh. Alice is the author of A Spell in the Wild: A Year and Six Centuries of Magic (2020)