Performing Magic in the Pre-Modern North – CFP

The language of the conference is English and the entire event will take place online 8-9 December 2021.

The conference will focus on the performance of magic in ancient, medieval and early modern Scandinavia. Magic, both as a concept and as a tool, is frequently featured in textual sources of the pre-modern North. Archaeological studies of the period have also linked burial evidence with ritual practices, proposing that certain tools were used to perform magic. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Crossing boundaries with magic
  • Transgression through magic
  • Tools of magical practice
  • Classifications and fluidity of magic
  • Use and intention of magic
  • Magical creations

Abstracts of 250-300 words as well as a short biography should be emailed to Jennifer Hemphill and Nate Richardson-Read by 31 October 2021.