Historians have learned to regard the supernatural as integral to past lives. No longer are magical and occult beliefs anachronistically condescended to as mere ‘superstitions’, entertained only by a credulous minority and for the most part ancillary to temporal existence. Instead, the near-constant presence of unseen yet powerful forces – both benevolent and malign, andContinue reading “CFP: Living in a Magical World: Inner Lives, 1300–1900, St Anne’s College Oxford 2018, deadline 12 January 2018”
The 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”.
Organizer and Chair: Dr. Albrecht ClassenUniversity Distinguished ProfessorDept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona520 621-1395; firstname.lastname@example.org; aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu Magic and the magician are two critically important aspects of cultural epistemology, challenging and contributing to the world of science, undermining it at the same time. Who was the magician, what did s/he do, how didContinue reading “CFP: Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (The University of Arizona, Tucson, April 28 – 1 May 2016), deadline 31 January 2016”
Book project, ed. by Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie and Dr Leo Ruickbie Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropologyContinue reading “Call For Chapters – The Material Culture of Magic”
Call For Papers: Magic | Religion | Science Indiana University, Bloomington. March 7-8, 2014 Deadline: 10 January 2014 26th Annual Indiana University Medieval Studies Symposium In his famous work, The Golden Bough, James Frazer proposed that human societies evolved from cultures dependent on magic to ones subject to religion and finally to ones guided by science.Continue reading “Call For Papers: Magic, Religion, Science”