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CFP: Between the Worlds: Magic, Miracles and Mysticism, Deadline February 9

Thursday, February 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Balkan Ethnology Department at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum (IEFSEM) at the Bulgarian Academy of Science is pleased to announce its forthcoming international conference “Between the Worlds: Magic, Miracles and Mysticism” to be held October 29–31, 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The magical world still has a hold on modern reality, whether it is through the saga of Harry Potter and the wizardry world, the zombies of “Walking Dead,” or the vampires of the “Vampire Diaries.” Baba Vanga’s prophesies are frequently part of the media, and pop-culture impacts current political events not only in the Balkans, but Europe, and even the US and Russia. The miracles of natural areas, sacred places, icons, and monuments are still bringing together a multitude of believers each year to different parts of the world. This comes a testimony to the fact that people still desire to know the unknown and reach out for what cannot be seen, touched, felt, and often accounted for. The magical and mystical perceptions, experiences, views, beliefs, and practices have become more visible in the contemporary globalized world. The contact spaces between people and supernatural forces have various social aspects, which set the wide thematic range of the conference.

After the first successful conference of the “Between the Worlds” (BEW) series, the Balkan Ethnology Department at IEFSEM – BAS is organizing the second international academic forum under the title “Between the Worlds: Magic, Miracles and Mysticism” (BEW 2020). The conference invites scholars and researchers from all areas of humanities and social sciences to an inter- and multi-disciplinary discussion of their research results on the place and role of magic, miracles, and mysticism in traditional and modern societies and communities. The organizers remain open to a variety of topics, and the intention of the conference is to encourage debate in the following broad thematic fields:

  • Magic and its place in local, regional, and global cultures;
  • Miracles and sacred places;
  • Magic, festivities, and rituals;
  • Magic/ mysticism/ miracles as coping mechanisms for individuals and communities/societies;
  • Explaining modern world events through magic and/or miracles;
  • Magic/ miracles/ mysticism and their role during mobility and migration;
  • Miracles and mysticism in virtual and media space;
  • Magic/miracles/mysticism and new subcultures and identities;
  • Wizardry, magic, and mysticism in literature;
  • Music and mysticism;
  • Gender and magic/mysticism/miracles.

Working language of the conference is English.

An abstract (200–250 words) along with a proposed title, five key words, the author’s full name, e-mail, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, and a short biography should be sent by the February 9, 2020 to

For more information on the conference, visit 2020 Conference

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