Categorisation – Comparison – Materiality


10.06.2015 - 08:30 til 11.06.2015 - 15:00

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


Wednesday 10th June 

Auditorium 4 
08.30-09.00 Nils H. Korsvoll and Liv Ingeborg Lied
Welcome and introduction

09.00-10.30 Paper session
09.00-09.40 Anastasia Maravela (University of Oslo)
Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the Greek magical papyri?
09.50-10.30 Ewa Balicka-Witakowska (Uppsala University)
Magic Power of Gaze According to Ethiopians

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-11.45 Short paper session
10.45-11.15 Laura Willer and Sarah Kiyanrad (University of Heidelberg)
Amulets in Roman Egypt and Islamic Iran – Cross-cultural Comparisons
11.15-11.45 Olivier Dufault (University of Munich)
The Professionalization of Greek Curse Writing in Late Antiquity

12.00 Lunch

Keynotes (Auditorium 2)
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

15.00-15.30 Coffee, cake and fruit

15.30-17.00 Short paper session (Auditorium 4)
15.30-16.00 Paolo Vitellozzi (IULM Milano / SFB 933 Heidelberg)
An Aphrodisiac formula on a Greek Magical Gem. Some reflections.
16.00-16.30 Malavika Binny (New Dehli University/Leiden University)
The Magic of Politics and the Politics of Magic: Delineating Miracle and Magic in the ‘Mother Mary Miracles’ in Kerala.  
16.30-17.00 Juliane Schlag (University of Halle-Wittenberg)
The Necessity to Fall in Love – Ancient Greco-Roman Magical Thought in Love-Practices

19.00 Dinner

Thursday 11th June 

Auditorium 4 
09.00-10.30 Workshop 
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

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-11.45 Short paper session
10.45-11.15 Emilio Suárez de la Torre (University of Pompeu Fabra)
Some Lexical Remarks and a Textual Conjecture on P. Oslo n. 1 (*PGM* XXXVI), ll. 211-230
11.15-11.45 Agnes Mihálykó Tothne (University of Oslo)
Liturgical manuscripts as amulets
11.45-12.45 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Excursion: Oslo University Papyri Collection (Oslo University Library)
Maravela and Agnes Mihálykó Tothne (University of Oslo)
15.00 End of conference

"Photo courtesy of the Oslo Papyrus Collection".

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