IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Postgraduate Conference is now sold out. If you do not have a place reserved via the EventBrite page then I am afraid we cannot permit you to attend (unless you obtain special permission from the organising committee). We simply cannot cater for more numbers.

The conference will take place in the Sir Martin Evans Building: Click for more information

The entrance is located down a lane/alley (College Lane). The main entrance is very distinctive, decorated with blue, glass hexagons (see above link for photo). Attached below are two maps, one zoomed-out, one zoomed-in. Click to enlarge.

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Conference Programme

Postgraduate Conference to take place in the Sir Martin Evans Building, Cardiff University.

The conference is organised into groups of simultaneous/side-by-side panels.

9.00 – 9.30: Registration. Tea and coffee.

9.30 – 10.45: Plenary Paper

The Western Magical Tradition – Professor Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol)

10.45 – 11.00: Break

11.00 – 12.15: Panels 1 & 2

Panel 1: Folk and Learned Magic

The Anglo-Saxon Cunning Woman: New Perspectives from History and Archaeology – Ethan Doyle White (University College London)

Sieves, Shears and a Swallow – Dr. Debbie Lea (INTO Manchester)

To Obtain a Horse: Necromancy and Fantasy – Alison Harthill (Cardiff University)

Panel 2: Alchemists’ Guild

“A forgier singulieres pieces / Pour continuer les espieces”: Alchemy and the Hypernatural – Eoin Bentick (University College London)

Panaceas for Plague: Alchemical Cures in Mid-Seventeenth-Century Plague Literature – Lara Thorpe (Royal Holloway, University of London)

In Search of the Philosopher’s Stone: Counterpoint and Canons in the Late Renaissance – Emma Hembry (Bangor University)

12.15 – 12.30: Break

12.30 – 13.20: Panels 3 & 4

Panel 3: Witches on Trial

Trial on Witches: The Malleus Maleficarum – Dr. Flavio Sanza (Swansea University)

Magic versus Witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 New England – Stefanie Schnitzer-Mills (Freie Universität Berlin)

Panel 4: Philosophy and Spirituality

Dreams and Imagination as First Insights into the Spiritual Spheres – Jonathan Jancsary (Universität Innsbruck)

Apparitions of the Dead, Visions, Monstrous Births and Other “Extraordinary and Miraculous” Phenomena: An Early Modern Argument for an Immortal and Incorporeal Soul – Clare Fitzpatrick (Birkbeck, University of London)

13.20 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 15.45: Panels 5 & 6

Panel 5: Vices and Virtues

Magic, Morality, and the Science of the Stars in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis – Curtis Runstedler (Durham University)

“I have dauncid in the devillis name”: Carnivalesque Magic in Late-Medieval Comic Tales – Mark Truesdale (Cardiff University)

From Otherness to Uffern: The Transformations of a Folk Belief – Angelika Rüdiger (Bangor University)

Panel 6: Body and Medicine

Popular Magic: The Anglo-Saxon Charms and the Line Between Magic, Medicine and Religion – Cat Stiles (University of Bristol)

“Cancer, a feminine sign”: An Exploration of the Link Between the Zodiac Sign and the Disease of Cancer in the Early Modern World – Dr. Helen Graham-Matheson (London School of Economics and Political Science)

An Unnatural Sin? The Concept of Nature in Anglophone Discourse on Sexual Diversity in South East Asia in the 17th Century – Nailya Shamgunova (Cambridge University)

15.45 – 16.00: Break

16.00 – 16.50: Panels 7 & 8

Panel 7: Early Modern Drama

“Fearful Dreams” in The History of King Leir, Arden of Faversham and the Plays of Thomas Kyd – Darren Freebury-Jones (Cardiff University)

“And Nothing Is / But What is Not”: The Negative Power of Prophecy in Shakespeare’s Plays – Jessica Chiba (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Panel 8: Witches and Place

Magic and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Midlands – Paula McBride (Warwick University)

Witches and Watermelons: Attitudes to Magic in Spanish Golden Age Literature – Sander Berg (Birkbeck, University of London)

16.50 – 17.00: Break

17.00 – 18.15: Plenary Paper

“Doubtful Spirits”: Fairies, Imps and Demons in Early Modern England – Dr. Darren Oldridge (University of Worcester)

18.15 – 19.15: Wine Reception

Due to funding from Cardiff University Graduate College, there is no conference fee. Please register for the event (whether as a speaker or attendee) here: Click to Register

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Call For Papers

Magic and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Cardiff University Postgraduate Conference, July 21st 2015

An understanding of magic and the supernatural is crucial to the study of the medieval and early modern periods. Magic was a part of everyday life, ingrained into the cultural world view and popular imagination. It was also elusive, encompassing a plurality of meanings and forms that permeated every level of society and resulted in a wide range of practices, from those based on folkloric beliefs to quasi-religious rituals. As a means of understanding and attempting to control the social, spiritual, and natural world, it could be both a comfort and a threat to established norms.

We welcome papers exploring the significance of magic and the supernatural to medieval and early modern thought.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Magic and religion
  • Magic and science
  • Attitudes towards magic and the supernatural
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Alchemy
  • Ritual magic
  • The psychology of magic
  • Magic and technology
  • Magicians and cunning folk
  • Astrology
  • Angels and demons
  • Ghosts and apparitions
  • Witchcraft
  • Medicine and anatomy
  • Shape-shifting
  • Supernatural creatures
  • Otherworlds
  • Prophecy and dreams
  • Necromancy and conjuring

We welcome abstracts from postgraduate students and early career researchers on all aspects of this topic in medieval and early modern history, literature, art, philosophy, archaeology, architecture, and music.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Monday 25th May, 2015.

In addition to panels, the conference will feature keynote addresses from Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol and Dr. Darren Oldridge from the University of Worcester.

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Hud a’r Goruwchnaturiol yn yr Oesoedd Canol a’r Cyfnod Modern Cynnar

Prifysgol Caerdydd Cynhadledd Ol-raddedig 21 Gorffennaf 2015

Mae dealltwriaeth o hud a’r goruwchnaturiol yn hanfodol wrth astudio’r Oesoedd Canol a’r cyfnod modern cynnar. Roedd hud yn rhan o fywyd pob dydd, diwylliant cyffredinol a dychmyg poblogaidd. Talcen caled oedd ceisio ei ddiffinio hefyd oherwydd bod gan fod iddo sawl ystyr a ffurf ar bob lefel o gymdeithas. Oherwydd hynny, roedd amrywiaeth eang o arferion, gan gynnwys rhai oedd yn seiliedig ar gredoau traddodiadol yn ogystal a defodau lled grefyddol. Fel ffordd o ddeall a cheisio rheoli’r byd cymdeithasol, ysbrydol a naturiol, gallai fod yn gysur ac yn fygythiad fel ei gilydd i arferion sefydliedig.

Rydym yn croesawu papurau sy’n ystyried pwysigrwydd hud a’r goruwchnaturiol mewn ffyrdd o feddwl yn y Canol Oesoedd a’r cyfnod modern cynnar.

Dyma rai pynciau a awgrymir, ond mae croeso I chi ddewis rhai eraill:

  • Hud a chrefydd
  • Hud a gwyddoniaeth
  • Agweddau at hud a’r goruwchnaturiol
  • Ffuglen wyddonol a ffantasi
  • Alcemi
  • Hud defodol
  • Seicoleg hud
  • Hud a thechnoleg
  • Dewiniaid a phobl gyfrwys
  • Astroleg
  • Angylion a chythreuliaid
  • Ysbrydion a drychiolaethau
  • Dewiniaeth
  • Meddygaeth ac anatomeg
  • Symud siapiau
  • Creaduriaid goruwchnaturiol
  • Arallfydoedd
  • Proffwydoliaeth a breuddwydion
  • Meirw-ddewiniaeth a chastiau dewin

Rydym yn croesawu crynodebau gan fyfyrwyr ol-raddedig ac ymchwilwyr ar ddechrau eu gyrfaoedd am bob agwedd ar y pwnc hwn. Gall fod mewn llenyddiaeth, hanes, pensaerniaeth, archaeoleg, celf a cherddoriaeth ganoloesol a modern cynnar.

Anfonwch grynodebau 200-300 gair ar gyfer papurau hyd at 20 munud o hyd at supernatural erbyn dydd Llun 25 Mai 2015.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn cynnwys anerchiad gan yr Athro Ronald Hutton o Brifysgol Bryste a anerchiad gan yr Dr. Darren Oldridge Brifysgol Caerwrangon.

Lawrlwytho: cfp magic and the supernatural – cymraeg

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