This has been WITCHBODIES week, with Lilith Dorsey and Sabrina Scott sharing their short talks on the relationship between bodies, craft and planet. The live Q&A was livestreamed on 29 January 2021, and the recording will be available to watch next week.
About the speakers
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, they 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.