Wednesday, 4 March 2015

More Magic: Call for papers, workshop in Oslo

Categorisation – Comparison - Materiality

10th-11th June 2015
MF Norwegian School of Theology


Wednesday 10th June
08.30 Coffee and welcome, Liv Ingeborg Lied and Nils H. Korsvoll
09.00-09.40 Nils H. Korsvoll (MF)                              
Cruciform Motifs in Syriac Incantation Bowls
09.40-10.20 Victor Ghica (MF)                                    
Voces Magicae and Nomina Barbara in Egyptian Gnostic and Magical Texts: Dynamics of Development
10.30-11.30 Short papers
12.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 David Frankfurter (Boston University)        
From Magic to Materiality: Refining an Exotic Discipline
14.00-15.00 Marco Moriggi (Università di Catania)
Jewish Divorce Formulae in Syriac Incantation Bowls

Thursday 11th June
08.30 Coffee
09.00-09.45 Marco Moriggi                             
The Relationship between Magic and ‘Official Religion’ in Sasanian Mesopotamia
09.45-10.30 David Frankfurter                                                     
Magical Charms from Late Antique Egypt
10.45-11.45 Short papers
12.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Excursion: Oslo University Papyri Collection

We invite proposals for short papers (15 mins + 15 mins Q&A) on the workshop theme from PhD-students and Post-docs.
Please send proposals to by May 1st.


David Frankfurter (Boston University)
Frankfurter’s particular interests revolve around theoretical issues addressing the place of magic in religion, the relationship of religion and violence, the nature of Christianisation, and the representation of evil in culture. He teaches on Christian apocalyptic literature, and the documents of early Christianity, including extra-canonical sources, magical texts, and saints’ lives.

Marco Moriggi (Università di Catania)
Moriggi has published extensively on Syriac amulets, as well as Aramaic philology and epigraphy more generally. He also works with Semitics and linguistic theory, and has recently produced a corpus of Syriac incantation bowls.

Victor Ghica (MF Norwegian School of Theology)
Ghica is a trained archaeologist and philologist and works on Christian archaeology,coptology, papyrology and epigraphy. He is a member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology and has published on gnostic texts and Coptic and Manichean epigraphy.

The workshop is organised by Liv Ingeborg Lied and Nils H. Korsvoll

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