London Month of the Dead - Present, Present and Future, October 2017, A series on death curated by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation supporting Brompton and Kensal Green cemeteries
THE UNIVERSE OF THOUGHT
Psychic force and the invention of telepathy with Roger Luckhurst
Sunday 29th April 2018 from 3:00 pm

In the 1870s, a group of eminent intellectuals committed to Spiritualism decided to try to establish a scientific basis of proof for the survival of the spirit after death. Sir William Crookes, the British chemist and physicist noted for his discovery of thallium, experimented on 'dark matter' and also on female mediums at numerous seances, before claiming to have identified what he called 'psychic force'.

Join us at Brompton Cemetery Chapel to hear historian and writer Roger Luckhurst reveal the story of these notorious experiments and how they became the foundation of the concept and techniques of telepathy in the late 19th century.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Roger Luckhurst
Roger Luckhurst is the author of 'The Invention of Telepathy 1870-1901', among many other books on Gothic and supernatural subjects. He is Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Luckhurst is also notable for his role as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Columbia and for his introductions and editorships to the Oxford World’s Classics series volumes.

He is the author of many books, among them The Trauma Question (Routledge, 2008), The Mummy’s Curse: The True Story of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Zombies: A Cultural History (Reaktion Press, 2015).

The Venue - Bromptoon Cemetery