Cornell University

Kabbalah and Sex Magic

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 5:00pm to 6:15pm

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A discussion with Professor Marla Segol on her recently published book "Kabbalah and Sex Magic: a Mythical-Ritual Genealogy" (Penn State University Press, 2021). Professors Jason Sion Mokhtarian (near eastern studies) and Sara Warner (performing and media arts) will serve as interlocutors for the discussion.

Marla Segol is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. She is the author of Word and Image in Medieval Kabbalah: The Texts, Commentaries, and Diagrams of the “Sefer Yetsirah” and coeditor of Sexuality, Sociality, and Cosmology in Medieval Literary Texts.

In this provocative book, Segol explores the development of the kabbalistic cosmology underlying Western sex magic. Drawing extensively on Jewish myth and ritual, Segol tells the powerful story of the relationship between the divine and the human body in late antique Jewish esotericism, in medieval kabbalah, and in New Age ritual practice.

Penn State University press

Sponsored by Cornell Jewish Studies Program, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies Program, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies

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