2nd Global Conference: Magic and the Supernatural

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 17, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 17, 2011
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2nd Global Conference Magic and the Supernatural Thursday 17th March – Saturday 19th March 2011 Prague, Czech Republic 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 contexts ~ 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 also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abst