Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Conference: Text, Context, and Non-Text: Grimoires in Central Europe

Fri, April 5, 2013 | UT Campus, SAC 2.302 on 4/5, SAC 3.116 on 4/6

Conference: Text, Context, and Non-Text: Grimoires in Central Europe

This conference is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of a large corpus of magic texts that figure prominently in the cultural and intellectual history of Europe. Its focus will be grimoires, real or imagined, whose legacy has reverberated throughout European culture in the form of folktales, literature (Faust, for example), and graphic art down to the present, at times being among the few treasured possessions brought to the New World.

We look forward to welcoming a variety of exciting keynote speakers from Central Europe:

Prof. em. Leander Petzoldt of the University of Innsbruck, author of numerous books and collections of folklore, including Magie: Weltbild, Praktiken, Rituale (Magic: World View, Practices, Rituals)

Dr. Susanne Hose of the Sorbian Institute in Bautzen, Germany, author of numerous works on the motifs of magic and magicians (such as Krabat) in the folklore of Lusatia.

Dr. Benedek Láng of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, author ofUnlocked Books, Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries in Central Europe.

Click here to view the program

Sponsored by: the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Texas Chair for Czech Studies, the Departments of History, Germanic Studies, and Religious Studies.

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