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Program and Speakers

SkorpionThe conference will include a series of lectures on Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic/ Christian, Jewish  and  Islamic  magic,  as  well  as  panel  discussions and  laboratory  activities  focusing  both  on philological (textual evidence) and archeological analysis (material evidence: magical tools, objects, or themes related to the archaeology of magic).
The specific topics to be addressed are related to the continuity and changes of ancient Egyptian and Jewish magic throughout the centuries or the influence of ancient Egyptian magic on the Jewish, Christian or Muslim magical traditions, especially as practiced in communities that dwelt in the Land of Egypt in later periods. We have selected papers illuminating the main  aspects  of  the  theory  of  ancient  magic  or  presenting  specific  magical  rituals  concerning  in particular funerary magic, healing magic, aggressive magic, defensive magic, love magic, oneiric magic, transformative magic, necromancy and demonology.
In addition, we have planned six ‘laboratory encounters’, in which some of the conference participants will coordinate an informal discussion on the selected textual and archaeological material, in a way that will make these objects accessible to scholars of other ancient magical traditions. We believe these ‘laboratory encounters’, which will be carried out as academic workshops open also to the interested students, would represent one of the major achievements of the conference, by allowing scholars from different disciplines to develop a methodology to work together and exchange ideas on ancient magical sources.

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