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Science and Spiritualism, 1750-1930


​​​The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is pleased to announce a two-day conference, Science and Spiritualism, 1750 – 1930, at Leeds Trinity University on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May 2019.

What's happening?

Since the emergence of modern mediumship in the middle of the nineteenth century, science and spiritualism have been interwoven. Sceptics and believers alike have investigated spirit and psychic phenomena to determine its legitimacy.

We are delighted to have Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling), and Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London) as our keynote speakers.

Shannon Taggart, internationally acclaimed photographer for The New York Times and Time Magazine, will be in attendance to showcase her exhibition of photographs of Lily DaleNew York, (home to the world's largest Spiritualist commu nity). Nik Taylor and Andy Cooper will be performing a re-enactment of a Victorian Séance followed by a critical discussion with delegates. Nik Taylor is a research magician and performer from the University of Huddersfield and Andy Cooper (performing under the stage name Ashton Carter) is a magician and storyteller specialising in bizarre magic and the recreation of séances.

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the history of the intersection of science and spiritualism during the long nineteenth century.


Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD

How can I book?

Please book your space via the Online Store. ​


For information regarding travelling to campus please click here​. To download a parking permit for the day, please click here and enter the password provided in the arrival email.

For guests wishing to stay overnight, Weetwood Hall offers a discounted rate of £74 per night for delegates at Leeds Trinity University. Alternatively, guests may look to stay at city centre hotels close to Leeds train station (the University is a 14 minute train ride from the city centre). 

Further information

If you have any further enquiries please email Jane deGay, Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University. ​To download the most current version of the event programme, please click here. The programme is correct at time of posting and may be subject to change.