Keynote speakers for Seeking The Marvellous will include renowned international experts Susan Aberth, Amy Hale and Victoria Ferentinou.
Susan L. Aberth is Associate Professor of Art History at Bard College (Annandale, New York) where she teaches courses on Surrealism, Latin American Art and Occultism.
Her publications include Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art (Lund Humphries: 2004); “Art, Fraternity and Los Angeles,” Unpacking: The Marciano Collection. (Prestel: 2017); “An Allergy to Collaboration: The Early Formation of Leonora Carrington’s Artistic Vision,” in Jonathan P. Eburne and Catriona McAra (eds.), Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press, 2017); as well numerous articles and book chapters on artists such as Agustín Fernández, Jim Amaral, Juanita Guccione, and others.
Dr Victoria Ferentinou is Assistant Professor at the University of Ioannina, Greece, where she teaches art theory and history of art.
Ferentinou has lectured about and published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on international surrealism, its theory and practice (Leonora Carrington, Ithell Colquhoun, Valentine Penrose, Nanos Valaoritis, Marie Wilson, Pierre Mabille); feminist art, theory and criticism; and the intersections between occultism and modernist culture in a European and Latin American context. Ferentinou is a contributor to The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism (London, Bloomsbury 2018) and co-editor of Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvellous (New York, Routledge 2017). She is a contributing editor of Mai: Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture, and is currently completing her monograph on the politics of heterodox tropes in texts and images by women artists associated with the surrealist movement.
Dr. Amy Hale is an Anthropologist (PhD Folklore, UCLA) who specializes in modern Cornwall and contemporary esoteric and Pagan history and culture.
She has co-edited 3 books and has written over 30 chapters and articles ranging in topic from modern Druidry to the politics of the British Earth Mysteries movement. She is a former co-editor of the Journal of the Academic Study of Magic and sits on the editorial boards of the Black Mirror Research Network (Arts University Bournemouth) and Correspondences Journal.
Dr. Hale has been a featured speaker for the Conference on Contemporary Pagan Studies at the Claremont School of Theology, the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU and I:MAGE at the Warburg Institute in London, and is the Co-Chair of the Contemporary Pagan Studies Section for the American Academy of Religion. In her day job she is a consultant and curriculum specialist for the Higher Education sector.