Check out Catherine Rider’s new blog post about editing the Routledge History of Medieval Magic!
A day of artistic and academic discussion – Wed 24 Apr 2019 -Wed 24 Apr 2019
10am – 4.45pm, Reed Hall, University of Exeter, EX4 4QR. £30/35
This event is £30 with earlybird booking until 28 Feb, or £35 after (£25 OAPs and students)
10am – 4.45pm (registration & coffee from 9.30am)
Reed Hall, University of Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QR, UK
£35 (£25 OAP’s and students)
£30 early bird booking until Thursday 28 February 2019
Book: 01626 832223 or in person at Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Organised by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, with support from the University of Exeter Arts and Culture team, this day-long event will bring academics and artists together to shed further light on the history of witchcraft in Exeter, Devon and beyond, and on the symbolism, imagery and practices that can still resonate strongly with us today.
Trickery, Poetry, Intoxication: The Magic of Medieval Arabic Literature
Emily Selove (IAIS, Exeter)
|A Centre for Medieval Studies seminar|
|Date||30 January 2019|
|Time||16:00 to 18:00|
|Place||Digital Humanities LaboratoryQueen’s Digital Humanities Seminar 2 (B.02)|
Emily Selove from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies offers us insights into the occult world of medieval Arabic literature.
MagiCog: Cognitive Approaches to Ancient Magic
The workshop is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1136 Education and Religion at the University of Goettingen, and the Institute of Classical Studies.
“Magical Cities” CFP deadline January 31
The University of Portsmouth’s Supernatural Cities research group presents their fourth conference: Magical Cities. This one-day conference seeks to explore the magical potential of urban environments. To what extent are fictional cities ‘real’ or grounded in reality? In what ways are ‘real’ cities fictional or fantastical creations of their observers and inhabitants? How have people historically imagined the urban environment and through what social, cultural, literary or political lenses? How might the geography of the city space suggest surreal, unreal, supernatural or magical characteristics or personalities? How do such spaces affect our identities?
Literature as Magic, Magic as Literature: Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī’s Complete Book and a Fragment of Spells
Dr. Emily Selove
Handbooks like that ascribed to the famous 13th-century scholar of language and magic, Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī’s Kitāb al-Shāmil wa-baḥr al-kāmil, do not themselves invite literary readings. This grimoire often displays all the literary charms of an ungrammatical cookbook; it is a technical manual—a mixed collection of magical recipes and rituals. It includes instructions for creating talismans, for contacting both jinn and devils, for causing hatred and sickness, for curing such magically caused afflictions, and for calling upon the power of each of the planets. As for previous research on Sakkaki, such studies tend to center on his influential book on language and rhetoric, Miftāḥ al-‘ulūm (The Key to the Sciences), often ignoring his reputation as a magician. Nevertheless, early biographical literature credited him with the power to, for example, strike cranes down in mid flight with a magical inscription. I will argue that both Sakkaki’s linguistic and magical interests show his fascination with the power of language. The power of language to alter the mind or create effects in the physical world is described as a kind of bewitchment in occult literature as well as in studies of language, not to mention in love poetry, and my own strategy in approaching magical texts is to read them with the techniques applied to poetry. I will also discuss some evidence of the practise of magic today, focusing on a mysterious 6-folio fragment of spells in Yale’s Beinecke library.