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Magic : Frontiers and Boundaries
11.06.2008 - 15.06.2008 17.30 h - 12.30 h
Université de Waterloo - Waterloo (Ontario)
Colloques, journées d'études


Information signalée par Jacques Elfassi


11-15 June, 2008
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

Programme provisoire

5:30-6:45 PM Reception
6:45-7:00 PM Welcome (David Porreca)
7:00:-8:00 PM [Great Hall] First Keynote Lecture: Marvin Meyer
Magic and Miracle: The Boundaries of Experience in the Expression of Ritual Power

9:00 AM -10:30 AM
Session 1 [Quad Lounge 102] Magic, Science, and Prophecy in Hebrew Traditions
Chair: Ayse Tuzlak
Daniel Miller, Bishops University (Quebec)
Magic and Non-Magic in the Yahwistic Marvels of Elijah and Elisha
Gideon Bohak, Tel Aviv University
Science, Magic and Religion in the Cairo Genizah
Marla Segol, Skidmore College
Small Changes, Big Meanings: Cosmology and Agency in Different
Versions of a Yetsiratic Diagram
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Session 2 [Quad Lounge 102] Metamorphosis and Monstrosity: Magic at the Cultural Fringe
Chair: Kyle Fraser
Serge Cazelais, University of Laval
Telestika and Metamorphosis in Gnostic Literature: a Reception
of the Garden of Eden Episode in Two Nag Hammadi Treatises.
Pat Aakhus, University of Southern Indiana
Sirens and Skylla: Trophies and Talismans from the Frontier
12:30 PM -2:00 PM Break for Lunch
2:00 PM -3:30 PM
Session 3 [Quad Lounge 102] Medieval Magic: Knowledge and Liturgy
Chair: David Porreca
Jan Veenstra, University of Groningen
The Crowned Name of God: The Schemhamphoras in Christian Magic
Tom de Mayo, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Caesarius of Heisterbach and the Magical University
Laura Mitchell, University of Toronto
Exorciso te: Exorcistic Aspects of Magic in Medieval England
4:00 PM -5:30 PM
[Quad Lounge 102] Round table: The Shape of the Field
Moderator: Frank Klaassen
A venue for discussion of universities, departments, job prospects and special problems for students and recent graduates in this area of study.
For graduate students, recent graduates, and others frustrated by the job market.
5:30PM - 7:00 PM Break for dinner
7:00:-8:00 PM [Quad Lounge 102] Second Keynote Lecture: Richard Kieckhefer
Heinrich Kramer and some 15th Century German Witch Trials

9:00-10:30 AM
Session 4 [Quad Lounge 102] Evidential Boundaries: Knowledge and Witchcraft
Chair: Frank Klaassen
Christopher S. Mackay, University of Alberta
Henricus Institoris, the Scientific Witch Hunter
Jason van Boom, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Gendered Epistemology in Ritual Magic and Witchcraft
Adam Jortner, University of Virginia
Witches as Liars: Magic and Power in the Early United States
Session 5 [Quad Lounge 102] Magic, Politics and Partisan Boundaries
Chair: Claire Fanger
Ayse Tuzlak, University of Calgary
The Bishop, the Pope, and the Prophetess: Rival Ritual Experts in 3rd-Century
Scott Hendrix, Carroll College
Power and Authority, Science and Religion: A Case Study of Eastern
and Western Astrology
Deborah Lea, University of Liverpool
Confessional Conflict and Possession in Sixteenth Century Lancashire
12:30 PM -2:00 PM Break for Lunch
2:00 PM -3:30 PM
Session 6 [Quad Lounge 102] Demons, Angels and the Legitimacy of Magical Knowledge
Chair: Claire Fanger
Kyle Fraser, University of Kings College, Halifax
Daemonology and the Legitimation of Ritual in Pagan and Jewish Monotheism
Shya Young, University of Alberta
Disrupting Boundaries: Theurgy and Knowledge in Reuchlin’s De arte cabalistica
Leigh Penman, University of Melbourne
‘How one may traffic with the Angels’: Cosmology and Transcendence
in the Natural Magic of Paul Nagel (+c. 1627)
4:00 PM -5:30 PM
[Quad Lounge 102] Round Table: Magic Today
Moderator: Siân Reid
A venue for discussion of issues confronting practitioners of magic today in the
community, with attention to how these may be contiguous with issues confronting
practitioners of scholarship.
5:30 PM -7:00 PM Break for Dinner
7:00-8:00 PM [Quad Lounge 102] Third Keynote: T.M. Luhrmann, Stanford University
Absorption, Magical Power, and the Art of Hearing God

9:00-10:30 AM
Session 7 [Quad Lounge 102] Magic, Knowledge, Modernity
Chair: Randall Styers
Egil Asprem, University of Amsterdam
“Logaeth q consibra a caosg”: the Development of Enochian Angel
Magic— a Case Study of Modernity’s Impact on Ritual Magic
Graham Jones, Princeton University
Regimes of Enchantment: Magic, Knowledge and Power
on the Colonial Frontier
Alison Butler, St Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia)
Caught Between Sciences: the “Scientific” Magic of British Occultism
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Session 8 [Quad Lounge 102] Magic, Identity, Modernity
Chair: Michael Ostling
Yvonne Petry, Luther College, University of Regina
Magical Causation and the Practice of Medicine in the Early Modern Era
Edward Bever, SUNY Old Westbury
Descartes’ Dreams, the Neuropsychology of Disbelief, and the
Making of the Modern Self
Maria Balfer, Brunel University, West London
Living Magical Realism: Fluid Boundaries in Modern Western Paganism
12:30-2:00 PM Break for Lunch
2:00-3:30 PM
Session 9 [Quad Lounge 102] Transformations and Illusions in Contemporary Literature
Chair: Marco Pasi
Sophie Hawkins, Ontario College of Art and Design
The Return of Magic, or How Illusions Represent Lived Realities
Daniel Harms, SUNY Cortland
Reviving Dead Names: the Necronomicon as Re-envisioning of the Grimoire Tradition
Bruce Retallack, Independent Scholar
Sorcerer’s Apprentices: Transformational Magic and the Western Psyche
4:00 -5:00
[Conference Centre Board Room] Societas Magica business meeting
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Banquet [Laurel Room, South Campus Hall]. Prepaid guests only.

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Session 10 [Quad Lounge 102] Knowledge, Superstition and Belief
Chair: Michael Ostling
Benedek Láng, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
A Question in the Epistemology of Magic
Marco Pasi, University of Amsterdam
Ernesto De Martino, Antimagical Polemics, and the Doubtful Pleasures
of Critical Ethnocentrism
Randall Styers, UNC Chapel Hill
Bad Habits: How Superstition Disappeared in the Modern World
Questions engaging session participants will be followed by open discussion/ evaluation of conference led by Claire Fanger.

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