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Workshop for MA and PhD students on Medieval Magic for MA & PhD students (7 July 2016)

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 11.41.14 AMThe Warburg Institute and The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) have organised a free Workshop for MA and PhD students on Medieval Magic. The workshop will take place on July 7 at the Warburg Institute in London, and will focus on the topic of “Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book”. Please see the programme below for details.

The keynote paper will be given by Prof. Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans) and the workshop will include ‎sessions on PhD and Early Career Advice and a Laboratory with period and regional focus groups led by speakers, chairs and ESSWE board members.

Please note that this is a free event with a limited number of places. To book a place, please contact the organizer, Dr. Sophie Page: sophie.page@ucl.ac.uk

10:00-10:30 Workshop registration and coffee

10:30-10:40 Welcome by ESSWE president Andreas Kilcher

1) Oratory: Presentations by guest speakers (10:40—14.40) Chair: Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS)

10:40-11:20 Siam Bhayro ‎(Exeter): ‘Jewish Aramaic magic bowls from late antique Mesopotamia: No longer on the margins’‎

11:20-12.00 Liana Saif (Oxford): ‘At the Margins ‎of Orthodoxy: Magic in Medieval Islam’‎

12.00-12:40 Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov (Manchester) ‘Slavic amulet books and Greek Orthodoxy’ with a ‎response from Will Ryan (retired professor of Russian magic, Warburg Institute).‎‎

‎12:40-13:40 Lunch Break (as this is a free event, lunch is not provided)

‎13:40-14:40 ‎Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans), ‘Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book:

Common Topics and ‎Mutual Influences’. Chair: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute)

2) Round table discussion (14:40-15:30) Chair: Sophie Page (UCL)

‎15:30-16:00 ‎Coffee Break

3) PhD and Early Career Advice (16:00-16.30)

Two simultaneous sessions:

1. Early Career Advice for PhD students. Led by Egil Asprem (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Liana Saif (Oxford)

2. PhD advice for MA students (ESSWE board members and guest speakers)

4) Laboratory: Discussion in period and regional focus groups (16:30-17:30)

With the following scholars, in addition to the speakers and chairs: Andreas Kilcher, Mark Sedgwick,

Peter J. Forshaw, Jean-Pierre Brach, Birgit Menzel, ‎Bernd-Christian Otto and Gyorgy E. Szonyi.

17:30 Wine reception

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Lecture: The Arts & Science in Early Islamic Spain (15 June, Courtauld Institute of Art)

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Wednesday 15 June 20163:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

There is a symbiotic relationship between design, art and visual culture, and the exact sciences, which is attested in early scientific objects from al-Andalus and in medieval Arabic texts. In this talk I explore the objects, spaces, and figures that illuminate this relationship, focusing on ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas (d. ca. 887), the celebrated polymath of the Cordoban Umayyad court, and on al-Andalus and its contemporaries between the 9th-11th centuries.

Glaire D. Anderson is a historian of Islamic art of the caliphal period, with a focus on the art and court culture of Umayyad Cordoba. She is the author of The Villa in Early Islamic Iberia (Ashgate, 2013), co-editor with Mariam Rosser-Owen of Revisiting al-Andalus (Brill, 2007), and recent articles on the Islamic west in architectural history, women and the arts of Cordoba, and material culture and caliphal sovereignty.

http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/the-arts-science-in-early-islamic-spain

Upcoming Event: London Medieval Society Meeting- Forging Ahead (November 14, 2015)

scan0006The first London Medieval Society Colloquium of the new academic year welcomes Dr Alfred Hiatt as the Society’s new President. To celebrate the program explores themes central to his research: – Medieval Forgeries, Medieval Maps, Places and Spaces

Speakers are:

Catherine Delano-Smith on understanding medieval maps;

Leonie Hicks on medieval voyaging;

Marianne O’Doherty on medieval ideas of the Indian Ocean;

Yossef Rapoport on Islamic cartography;and

Lawrence Warner on medieval forgers and Piers Plowman

Members attend free; non-members are also very welcome to attend. Please see website for membership details – you may pay your temporary or annual membership on the day (£10/5 concessions per colloquia: it is £20/10 for annual membership: there are three events each year).

The event will be held in the beautiful Charterhouse Square (nearest Tube: Barbican)

WHEN
Saturday, 14 November 2015 from 11:00 to 18:00 
WHERE
Lecture Theatre – Joseph Rotblat Building, Charterhouse Square. London EC1M 6BQ GB – View Map

CFP: The Door of the Sanctuary: A Place of Transition (Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2015)

Call for Papers:
The Door of the Sanctuary: A Place of Transition
International Conference, VU University, Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2015
Deadline: 15 October 2014

208In sanctuaries, the boundaries between the profane and the sacred are marked by doors on different levels, either physical or symbolic: gateways in a precinct, the outer doors of a temple or church, the inner doors of a cella or holy of holies. Pagans and Christians have recorded their perceptions of these liminal spaces in literature, giving us a glimpse of their emotions and ideas. What did someone entering a pagan or Christian sanctuary see, hear, smell, feel? Who was excluded at the door, who was admitted? What symbolic meaning did a door have? What continuities and changes can be identified in Late Antiquity?
The conference aims to elucidate the transition from the worldly to the divine by focusing on the door of the sanctuary during Late Antiquity, a key period of transition in which, with the spread of Christianity, cultural paradigms were redefined. With pagans and Christians living side by side there were many religious debates. During this period, description of churches developed into a specific genre. An early example in the Greek East is Eusebius’ description (in his Ecclesiastical History X.4.37ss.) of the church of Tyre built by the bishop Paulinus (ca. 316-317). The door plays a decisive role in this description. A similar example in the Latin West is the description of the doors of the basilica of Felix by Paulinus of Nola, in Letter 32 and Carmina 27 and 28.

The theme of the conference, the experience of the sanctuary door as a place of transition, will be addressed by an interdisciplinary and dynamic approach. This will embrace literary and material sources from the 3rd to the 8th centuries CE, from different regions of the Mediterranean world and from different linguistic, religious and cultural contexts. It will deal with sensory perceptions (light, music, smell, touch) and intellectual perceptions (symbolic meanings). A further dimension to this theme may be added by comparative studies from other religions, i.e. papers on the door of the sanctuary in Judaism and Islam.

It is intended that participants of the conference (some 10-15 persons) will come from different disciplines: specialists in Greek and Latin, archaeology, art history and history of religion. Each participant  should aim to deliver a transdisciplinary paper on the door of the sanctuary in pagan or Christian Late Antiquity, in the Greek East or in the Latin West. He/she should depart from his/her own field of expertise, relate material, sociological, ritual and symbolic aspects to each other and explore different kinds of experiences as fully as possible. During the conference,participants will work together as an interdisciplinary team. Each participant will present his/her paper in plenary sessions and act as a referee to the paper of another participant from another discipline. The results of the conference – an introduction and a selection of representative papers – will be published in a thematic volume.

Although we shall be able to reimburse some of the participants’ costs, at present we are unable to say to what extent. We would therefore be grateful if you could also apply for financial support from your own institution.

Members from faculties, independent researchers and graduate students (PhD) are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words together with a brief biography and a list of publications to Emilie M. van Opstall (e.m.van.opstall@vu.nl), with as an email title ‘The Door of the Sanctuary’. Closing date: October 15th 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent by November 15th, 2014.

BBC Four: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities

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BBC 4: Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities

Series in which historian Simon Sebag Montefiore traces the sacred history of Istanbul. Known as the ‘city of the world’s desire’, it’s a place that has been the focus of passion for believers of three different faiths – Paganism, Christianity and Islam – and for nearly 3,000 years its streets have been the battleground for some of the fiercest political and religious conflicts in history.

In three episodes Montefiore charts the rise of Istanbul from pagan trading post to capital of three empires and two religions, becoming not only holy but the most coveted city in the world.

For more information see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03l2shc