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CFP: 12th International Interdisciplinary Conference: The Language of Magic

Monday, September 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Department of Lingue, Letterature e Culture moderne, at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy) is proud to host the Twelfth International Interdisciplinary Conference organized by the ISFNR committee on Charms, Charmers, and Charming. The Conference will take place May 22–24, 2019.

The conference aims at a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of charms from antiquity to the present day. Proposals from different disciplines, including literature, folklore, anthropology, linguistics, philology, history, religious studies, and the history of medicine are welcomed.

The focus of the conference is on language, and papers on the following topics are welcomed:

  •  Charms as texts: meaning, analysis, editions, methods, translations;
  • Multilingual charms: the interplay in the same texts or manuscripts between Latin (or other high languages, such as Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.) and vernacular languages;
  • How to do magic with words: the narrating power of the historiola, performative language, charm instructions, the power of the spoken word, speech acts;
  • Oral and written transmission of charms: textual tradition in a written environment, writing surfaces, the power of the written word, orality, memory, variation;
  • Charms as verbal remedies: interaction with medical and religious texts;
  • The rhetoric of charms: argumentational techniques, belief narratives;
  • What the charms do not say: taboo words, gibberish language, censorship;
  • The alphabets of magic from the antiquity to present age.

Language of the conference: English

Papers should be 20 minutes long with a 10-minute period for questions. Abstracts are due by December 1, 2018. No registration fee will be required for the conference. A tour on 25th May will be chargeable.

 Send proposals, including a title, an abstract of 200-300 words, and brief biodata to Eleonora Cianci at

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