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Sakkaki’s Magic Book of Everything (April 30th 2021)
Dr. Emily Selove, Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature, at the University of Exeter, discusses her Leverhulme-funded research project, “A Sorcerer’s Handbook,” which will create an edition, translation, and literary study of Siraj al-Din al-Sakkaki’s (d. 1229) Arabic encyclopedia of practical magic.
In conversation with Professor Travis Zadeh of the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University.
Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6zubB_YTwQ&t=4780s
McMaster University (Online)
This workshop proposes an interdisciplinary and inter-religious approach to healing in religious traditions. Religious healing can be syncretic between traditions, relegated to the margins of official religion, or use non-mechanical logics to address imbalances of body, spirit, and social identity. By comparing religions, and by fostering dialogue between different fields, we hope to understand the relationship between religion, science, magic, and healing.
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Dr. Matt Melvin-Koushki, “Healing is Believing: Medical Magic Between Science and Religion.”
Workshop paper titles and schedule:
11:00 AM-11:40 AM
Dr. Hanna Tervanotko and Katharine Fitzgerald, “Food That Revives: Healing Rituals in Ancient Jewish Texts”
1:00 PM-1:40 PM
Dr. James Benn, “Dangers to the Body and Mind Caused by Meditation in the Chinese Buddhist Tradition”
1:40 PM-2:20 PM
Dr. Ellen Amster, “Kabbalists, Sufis, and Solomon’s Magic Ring: Magic Healing Amulets as a History of Judeo-Islamic Exchange in Morocco and Islamic Spain”
2:20 PM-3:00 PM
Dr. Mark Rowe, “The Alchemy of Ritual and Words: Healing Grief in Contemporary Japan”
3:00 PM-3:40 PM
Dr. Ellen Badone, “Laer Amann, Guérisseurs, Priests and Prayers”
By Sarah Scaife http://www.sarahscaife.co.uk/
Uncertainty can be an unsettling aspect of ill health. Come on a gentle journey into more hopeful ways of being with not knowing. Can uncertainty become a friend during times of dis-ease?
An article by Nicholas Banner in the Classical Receptions Journal
“This article examines the tropological use of the Latin language to evoke the diabolical in supernatural horror cinema. When Latin is intoned in a suitably Gothic context, horror-savvy audiences have every reason to foresee the Devil and his minions arriving in short order, and are rarely disappointed. This article examines the genealogy of this trope, modelling the prolegomena to an intellectual history of cinematic Satanic Latin. The first part of the analysis traces the development of the trope through literature via the European and American Gothic traditions, the writings of the Decadents, and supernatural horror literature. The analysis then broadens to encompass Occultism, the occult, and ‘occulture’ more generally as important aspects of the discourse-community within which Satanic Latin functions. Finally, the scholarly concept of ‘re-enchantment’ from the history of religions is brought to bear on the semiotic role of Satanic Latin in its performative cinematic context.”
Thursday 7 January and Sunday 17 January 2021, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Now: £10 or £8 or £5 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our conjuror-in-residence,for a highly interactive, online event that uses magic to explore how we can live in challenging times by taking inspiration from the philosophy of the Buddha.
Brian isn’t an ordinary magician, and this isn’t your everyday magic performance. His day job is a Professor in Sociology at Exeter University. As part of that he has become interested in how entertainment magic can be used to promote dialogue. This all new format uses magic tricks to illustrate Buddhist ideas that can help meet today’s challenges.
So feel free to join in the fun if you have been to one of Brian’s previous sessions at the Centre or online.
ONLINE VIA ZOOM, 27 FEBRUARY 2021.
The Magickal Women Partnership proudly presents the Magical Fiction Forum: Fairy tales, fantasy, magical realism, surreal fiction: this forum aims to bring together leading authors and scholars to discuss the impact and influence of texts that transcend their genre and leave readers enchanted and transformed. Online via Zoom.
Missed the Popular Magic Cafe? Never worry, you can watch the discussion on YouTube, HERE
There were so many fascinating questions, that Crystal and I decided to compile a reading list and a travelling list inspired by our conversation. Though we did take very different approaches to it: while Crystal presented a selection of rigorous academic texts, I was mostly motivated by the feeling of ‘Is this book fun? It sounds like it would be fun…’
Find both our lists below, as well as some fascinating locations for your post-COVID travel plans.
Champion, M., 2015. Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches. Ebury Press.
Easton, T., 2014. Portals of Protection. SPAB Winter, 53–57.
Easton, T., 2012. Burning Issues. SPAB 44–47.
French, K.L., 2001. The people of the parish: community life in a late medieval English diocese, The Middle Ages series. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Pa.
Gardiner, M., 2007. Graffiti and their Use in Late Medieval England. Ruralia VI, 265–276.
Graves, C.P., 1989. Social space in the English medieval parish church. Econ. Soc. 18, 297–322.
Jones-Baker, D., 1993. English Mediaeval Graffiti and the Local Historian. Local Hist. 23, 4–19.
Marks, R., 2004. Image and devotion in late Medieval England. Sutton, Stroud.
Meeson, B., 2005. Ritual Marks and Graffiti Curiosities or Meaningful Symbols? Vernac. Archit. 36, 41–48.
Oliver, J., Neal, T. (Eds.), 2010. Wild signs: graffiti in archaeology and history, BAR international series. Archaeopress, Oxford.
Ovcharov, D., 1977. Ship Graffiti from Medieval Bulgaria. Int. J. Naut. Archaeol. Underw. Explor. 6, 59–61.
Pacey, A., 2007. Medieval architectural drawing: English craftsmen’s methods and their later persistence (c. 1200 – 1700). Tempus, Stroud.
Pritchard, V., 1967. English Medieval Graffiti. Cambridge University Press.
Various, 2019. Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of ‘The Triumph of the Moon’, eds. Shai Feraro, Shai, Ethan Doyle White. Palgrave Macmillan.
Various, 2017. Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism, ed. Kathryn Rountree. Palgrave Macmillan.
Various, ongoing. Folk Tales of Place. The History Press.
Bailey, R. N., 1996. England’s Earliest Sculptors. Toronto.
Greenwood, S., 2005. The Nature of Magic. Routledge.
Hutton, R., 1996. The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. OUP.
Roud, S., 2004. A Pocket Guide to Superstition of the British Isles. Penguin.
Hellebore zine: https://helleborezine.bigcartel.com/
The Enquiring Eye journal: https://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/the-enquiring-eye-of-the-witchcraft-research-centre/
 This is a multi-volume project. Folk Tales are grouped by county or geographic location.
Bunhill Fields, London
Crossbones Graveyard, London
St Vedast alias Foster, London
St Margaret of Antioch Cowlinge, Suffolk
St Clements, Rodel, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Minster Church of St Mary, Stow in Lindsey, Lincolnshire
Doon Hill, Aberfoyle
Bradford on Avon Barn, Bradford-on-Avon
Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon
Tarr Steps, Exmoor National Park, Somerset
Minster Church, Boscastle, Cornwall
Men-an-Tol, Penzance, Cornwall
Date And Time
Tue, 17 November 2020
18:00 – 19:30 GMT
About this Event
What kind of things do you do ‘just for luck’? Writing a wish on a piece of paper, burning it and drinking the ash with your New Year’s champagne, tying a ribbon on a special tree for good fortune, wearing a ‘lucky’ necklace to a job interview – these small rituals permeate our daily lives. They are difficult to categorise, belonging neither to any mainstream religion, nor aligning strictly with pagan revivals like Wicca or Druidry. Instead, these little rites exist on the fringes of other faiths and beliefs, often combining elements from different religions. What does unite them is a belief in magic.
Join Crystal and Anna in a conversation that will take you through medieval churches and pagan sacred sites in search of popular magic. The two speakers will explain the symbolism behind common popular magic traditions and uncover the unexpected ways in which they still persevere today.
The conversation will take place via Zoom. It is free to attend, but please register using the link below to give the organisers a sense of numbers. The conversation is 40 minutes long with 20 minutes for questions and discussion – you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own magical items for the discussion portion of the programme.
A Leverhulme-funded research project, University of Exeter, 2019-2022.
This project focuses on a collection of magical texts attributed to an influential medieval scholar of the Arabic language, Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī (d. 1229 CE). We are producing an edition and translation of his grimoire, accompanied by a co-authored volume of essays.