January Deadlines and Events of Interest

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

January 17-18 (Thursday-Friday), 2019
Room G22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
We cordially invite you to a workshop on cognitive approaches to ancient magic, organised by Esther Eidinow (Bristol), Irene Salvo and Tanja Scheer (Goettingen).
Speakers include Anton Alvar, Esther Eidinow, Laura Feldt, Chris Gosden, Gustav Kuhn, Jennifer Larson, Lambros Malafouris, Franziska Naether, Eleni Pachoumi, Adam Parker, Irene Salvo, Celia Sánchez Natalías, Jesper Sørensen, and Yulia Ustinova. The full programme can be found here.
If you are interested in attending the whole of the workshop or part of it, please register here, so that we have numbers for catering. (Do get in touch with us directly if you have dietary restrictions.)

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?



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