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Call for Contributions: The Center of Byzantine Material Arts

From January 1st to March 6th 2015, Trinity House Cafe in Leesburg, Virginia will host an exhibition of icons made in mosaic, enamel, fresco, manuscript, carved wood and stone (two-dimensional), tile and encaustic.  Any traditional Byzantine Ecclesiastical medium (excluding Icons painted with egg tempera and acrylic) for The Center of Byzantine Material Arts. If you would like to participate, contact Colette Kalvesmaki.

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Religion, Architecture and Visual Culture

Co-editors Professor Victoria Young and Dr Ayla Lepine are delighted to announce a new book series with Pickering & Chatto Publishers entitled Religion, Architecture and Visual Culture.

Exploring religious practices and sacred traditions can lead to new ways of interpreting identities, the exchange of ideas and objects and systems of power, politics and patronage. This series addresses a growing need for publications that focus on new methodologies in relation to theology and art history. Titles will engage directly with a range of traditions including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Visual culture and architecture will be discussed alongside religious traditions to assess cultural beliefs, social relations and creative practices in global contexts.

The series will be of value to those studying art and architectural history, heritage and conservation, gender and sexuality.

We are currently welcoming proposals from authors at any stage of their academic career whose research fits with the series theme. We are interested in hearing from authors to discuss potential projects or who are ready to submit a proposal.

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Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures

Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures reveals alternative modes of contact for medieval scholars, librarians, and archivists specializing in medieval studies and medieval texts, made possible by the emergence of digital resources and by engagement with the digital humanities. The journal's global and interdisciplinary perspective pushes traditional national and temporal boundaries as the first such publication linking peer-reviewed research and scholarship with digital libraries of medieval manuscripts. Digital Philology includes scholarly essays, manuscript studies, and reviews of relevant resources such as websites, digital projects, and books.

Digital Philology is welcoming submissions. Inquiries and articles may be sent to the attention of the Managing Editor. Correspondence regarding manuscript studies may be addressed to Jeanette Patterson. For reviews of digital projects and publications, please contact Timothy Stinson.

Source: The Medieval Academy Blog

Material Culture of Magic

Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie (Johannes Gutenberg University) and Dr. Leo Ruickbie invite contributors to their forthcoming volume, The Material Culture of Magic.

Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves.

In all areas of research, ‘material culture’ is becoming increasingly important – the ‘material turn’ as it has been labelled. This is particularly the case for disciplines that traditionally have not focused on object studies but on theory such as historical or social sciences. However, it is self-evident that the objects emerging from a culture provide valuable information on societies and their history. This is also and particularly the case for magic and related phenomena. Magic, especially, became divorced from its concrete expressions as academic study focused on problems of rationality and functionalist explanation.

When studying magic it is crucial to look at the objects that have been produced and what purpose they had, who made them and in what period, whether they represent only a certain historical period or are a long-lasting phenomenon, etc. This volume hence aims to ‘re-materialise’ magic, to re-anchor it in the physical things that constitute ‘magic’ and recover the social lives, even biographies, of these things.

The envisaged academic book aims to cover a wide range of subjects, periods, geographical areas, as well as methods: firstly, because an interdisciplinary approach is essential to adequately encompass the subject; secondly, to investigate whether similar objects were used in different cultures in parallel or over a long period; and thirdly, to serve as a starting point for future research. This will be the first book on the material culture of magic and consequently has the potential to become a foundational text.

Therefore, we invite contributors from different disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnology, folklore, parapsychology, religious studies, sociology and others. Subjects could be, for example, case studies focusing on particular objects, museum collections, or mass market items labelled as magical; analysis of classes of embodied magical functions, such as charms, amulets, talismans, magical jewellery, icons, relics, poppets (Voodoo dolls), etc.; consideration of classes of materials, such as bone, wood, metal, precious and semi-precious stones, etc. In addition, it is important to understand people-object relations, spatial-temporal aspects of magical objects, the dialectics of transference (projection and introjection), the role of narratives and social performance, cultural trajectories, and the processes of commodification and fetishisation (reification). These can be addressed in a variety of contexts from traditional religion to popular culture, and historically situated anywhere from prehistory to the present day.

Any physical representation of magical ideation or anything imbued with supernatural meanings by its creator, such as found objects, animal/human parts, and man-made artefacts, can be considered in this context. What matters is a central focus on the physicality of the magical object; its material existence.

The volume will present an overview of current research in this field. It will comprise approximately 20 of the best and most relevant contributions on this subject. Contributors will be asked to submit a finished chapter of around 6,000 words (inc. references) with publication planned for 2015.

Encyclopedia of Religious History

The editors of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religious History, Andrew Holt (Florida State College) and Florian Curta (University of Florida), have issued a call for contributors.

The Encyclopedia of Religious History is a three-volume, multi-disciplinary encyclopedia that considers pivotal events in religious history. Contributors are needed for short essays covering over 700 entries. Entries cover the span of human history and consider many religious traditions.

Entry lengths range: 750 or 1500 words; 3000 words for major topics. Each entry should include a brief bibliography (3–4 items) of key scholarly works on the topics.

Expressions of interest and questions about the project should be sent to Andrew Holt.

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