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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