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MAGIC & THE SUPERNATURAL 1st global conference



1st Global Conference
Magic and the Supernatural

Monday 15th March – Wednesday 17th March 2010
Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
Bewitched. I Dream of Jeannie. The Exorcist.
Charmed. Buffy. Dr. Who. Dracula. Dark Shadows.
Twilight and The Twilight Zone. Sookie Stackhouse
and Bill Compton. Dresden Files. Harry Potter. The
fascination and appeal of magic and supernatural
entities pervades societies and
cultures. The continuing appeal of these
characters is a testimony to how they shape our
daydreams and our nightmares, as well as how we
yearn for something that is more or beyond
what we can see-touch-taste-feel. Children still
avoid stepping on cracks, lovers pluck petals from
a daisy, cards are dealt and tea leaves read.

A belief in magic as a means of influencing the
world seems to have been common in all cultures.
Some of these beliefs crossed over into nascent
religions, influencing rites and religious
celebrations. Over time, religiously-based
supernatural events (miracles) acquired their
own flavour, separating themselves from standard
magic. Some modern religions such as the
Neopaganisms embrace connections to magic, while
others retain only echoes of their distant origins.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
project seeks to examine issues surrounding the
role and use of magic in a wide variety of
societies and cultures over the course of human
history. People with access to magic or knowledge
of the supernatural will also be examined.

Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are
invited on issues on or broadly related to any of
the following themes:

~ Magic as paranormal, anything alleged to exist
that is not explainable by any present laws of science
~ the distinctions between magic and religion
and science
~ Magical thinking and the equation of coincidence
with causality
~ Folk magic and traditional systems of magic
~ Magick and Wicca as religious systems in
modern society
~ Witchcraft in the European context
~ Witchcraft and animism in African or Asian
~ Magic as illusion, stagecraft, sleight-of-hand
~ Magic in modern literature (ex. Harry Potter,
Harry Dresden, the saga of Middle Earth, the
Chronicles of Narnia, etc.) and in traditional
literatures (folk or fairy tales, legends,
mythologies, etc.)
~ Magic in art and the depiction of magical
creatures, practices or practitioners
~ the associations of magic with the monstrous
or evil; does one imply the presence of the other?
~ the portrayal of magic, magical creatures, and
magical practices or practitioners on television
and in film
~ the roles or uses of magic in video games,
on-line communities, role-playing games,
subcultural formations and identities
~ the similarities and differences of magical
creatures across societies and time periods
~ the interplay of magic and religion as well
as science
~ the sciences of demonology and angelology
~ the role of divination or prophecy in societies
or religions
~ the use of natural vs. supernatural
explanations for world events
~ Magic and the supernatural as coping mechanisms
for individuals and societies

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the
submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 2nd
October 2009. All submissions are minimally double
blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an
abstract is accepted for the conference, a full
draft paper should be submitted by Friday 5th
February 2010. Abstracts should be submitted
simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with
the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and
answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in a week you
should assume we did not receive your proposal; it
might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Stephen Morris
Hub Leader (Evil)
Independent Scholar
New York, USA

Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
Hub Leader (Evil)
School of English, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’
programme of research projects. It aims to bring
together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited
for development for publication in a themed hard
copy volume(s) or for inclusion in the
Perspectives on Evil journal (relaunching 2010).

For further details about the project please visit:

For further details about the conference please visit:



August 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

3rd International Conference Mystic & Esoteric Movements


Vladimir State University

Call for Papers
Third International Conference
Mystic and Esoteric Movements
in Theory and Practice

(Religious Studies • Philosophy • Cultural Studies)



3 – 5 December 2009, Vladimir

Because of intense public interest in ‘new religiosity’, esoteric and occult currents as well as in consequence of changes in the Religious and Cultural Studies paradigms, new approaches towards the research of Esotericism and Mysticism have appeared and have been intensively discussed over the last two decades. Academic institutes and societies studying these topics and developing new categories, terms and classifications are on the rise. Western European scholars of religion particularly focus on the issues of appropriateness of phenomenological and hermeneutic methods, as well as on the application of various types of discourse analysis. At the same time, the humanities studying esotericism, mysticism and their implications in ‘new religiosity’ in the post-soviet world are just beginning to break ground upon this subject. Conference organizers hope that this scholarly forum will significantly contribute to the cause of development of this promising area of research. The study of the interpretations of esotericism and mysticism prevalent within the esoteric and mystic environment itself, in their public perception and within academic circles may lay ground for further development of the study of mysticism and esotericism in Russia and other post-communist countries.

Session and paper proposals dealing with the study of this phenomenon through various academic disciplines are invited. Papers can be submitted on the following suggested sub-themes (but are not limited to these):

* phenomenology and hermeneutics as methods for the study of esotericism;
* philosophical interpretations of mystic experience;
* historical development of categories, notions and symbols of esotericism;
* character and social structures of “secret societies”;
* theory & method in the study of mysticism and esotericism;
* mysticism and esotericism in the contemporary world;
* self-presentations of esoteric societies.

Conference Languages– Russian & English


To participate the Conference you should fill out the application form before 01.11.2009. Applications can also be sent to

The decision on the applications will be made within a week after the deadline via E-mail.

Conference Fee

The conference fee is 20 euro (for the participants which are not from countries of Commonwealth of Independent States). The fee is to pay upon registration.

Addresses of the Conference

Vladimir State University, ul. Gorkogo, 87

Conference E-mail –

The Organizing Committee

N. Markova – committee chairman (Vladimir, Russia), Prof. Dr. E. Arinin (Vladimir, Russia), Dr. A. Zabiyako (Blagoveschensk, Russia), Dr. Igor Kozlovsky (Donetsk, Ukraine); Dr. M. Smirnov (St. Petersburg, Russia), Dr. Ekaterina Elbakyan (Moscow, Russia); Dr. Yury Zavhorodniy (Kyiv, Ukraine); Dr. S. Kapranov (Kyiv, Ukraine); Dr. Sergey Pakhomov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia); Vadim Zhdanov (Erlangen, Germany); Andrey Kondratiev (Moscow, Russia).


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