The Devil’s in the Details

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.

  • WhenFriday, April 30, 2021 12:00 PM to Friday, April 30, 2021 1:30 PM
  • WhereOnline/Virtual Event

Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6zubB_YTwQ&t=4780s

Magic, Healing, and Religion Workshop

McMaster University (Online)

May 26th

https://religiousstudies.mcmaster.ca/news/magicworkshop/?fbclid=IwAR1yDwFnCmyBfZOlZ0JjFURAlkx6bO4nAmpBwTnHD6Z-KKdj_tGX3udZX2k

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
Keynote talk:
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”

Medicines of Uncertainty (slow radio for wellbeing)

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?

A series of six pieces broadcast on Soundart Radio 102.5FM and online: Tuesdays at 1:30pm, 09 Feb to 27 April 2021, with a fortnightly repeat. You can listen again on SoundCloud > here

Beliefs, Ritual, and Popular Myths

Ex Historia- Humanities Forum
Roundtable Discussion- Beliefs, Ritual, and Popular Myths
Date/Time: Feb. 18th from 5:30-6:30pm
Panelists’ Bios
 
Ryan Denson- Classics, and Ancient History 
Ryan’s research centers upon examining the imaginative ideas of sea monsters and anthropic marine entities in Greco-Roman antiquity. Consequently, much of his work deals with popular narratives involving sea monsters like the Andromeda myth and some Christian hagiographic narratives of Late Antiquity.
Crystal Hollis- Archaeology/History
Crystal specialises in medieval/early modern parish culture and community by studying historic graffiti in churches. Much of her work includes an emphasis on the relationship between formal church art, parish life, and religious traditions.
 
Sarah Scaife- Drama
Sarah’s research engages with the agency of magico-medical artefacts situated in the liminal space between science and ritual, such as Renaissance pop-up anatomy books and the folding almanacs worn on the body of Medieval doctors, repurposed in a contemporary art practice. 
 
Anna Milon- English Literature
Anna looks at the Horned God, a modern pagan deity, as an environmental figure in fantasy fiction and live action role playing. Her project touches on folklore and the folkloresque, pagan studies, game theory, animal studies and the nascent field of LARP studies.

Do not read the Latin: Latin as satanic signifier in supernatural horror cinema

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.”

https://academic.oup.com/crj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/crj/claa033/6067252?guestAccessKey=389158d9-a7b5-4c62-99d9-a235c1cc6882

 

Experiencing Magic: What the Buddha might have to say in an age of lockdowns

Date/Time

Thursday 7 January  and Sunday 17 January 2021, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Book Now: £10 or £8 or £5 – email boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk

http://ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on/

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.

Magical Fiction Forum

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.

https://www.magickalwomenconference.com/magical-fiction-forum-2020

Popular Magic: Then and Now

Date And Time

Tue, 17 November 2020

18:00 – 19:30 GMT

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/popular-magic-then-and-now-tickets-122826516417

This conversation about popular magic and folk customs is open to everyone and forms part of the Being Human Festival Cafe initiative.

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.

The Sorcerer’s Handbook: Medieval Arabic Magic in Context

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.

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/thesorcerershandbook/

 

Arcane: The History of Magic

A new podcast by Magic and Esotericism Group member Samuel P. Gillis Hogan. Check out the introductory episode here!:

https://arcanehistory.podbean.com/e/episode-0-welcometo-arcane/?fbclid=IwAR08BaJA0CPCaTr521K2HEeq3Y66ioK2h74v4BIP7lk_LoYkMmA0mpxDFd4

“Magic has been practiced throughout our history, yet many people do not know that it was an ever-present part of our past. While the significance of magic in history has been established by scholars, Arcane attempts to bring this fascinating knowledge beyond academic circles to be enjoyed by everyone. This brief episode introduces: the podcast, its aims, and me – Samuel Gillis Hogan, a PhD researcher specializing in the history of magic.”