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Thesis Workshop: Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book

  • 2016-07-07
  • 10:00 - 17:30
  • Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

A one-­ day workshop for MA and PhD students organized by ESSWE in conjunction with the Warburg Institute, London.

Location: Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

Time: 10:00-17:30

Date: Thursday 7 July 2016

Please note: this is a free event with a limited number of places.

For further information, or to book a place, please contact

Sophie Page:




Lecture Theatre, Warburg Institute

Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

10:00-10:30 Workshop registration and coffee

10:30-10:40 Welcome by ESSWE president Andreas Kilcher

1) Oratory: Presentations by guest speakers (10:40—14.40) Chair: Yuri Stoyanov (SOAS)

10:40-11:20 Siam Bhayro (Exeter): ‘Jewish Aramaic magic bowls from late antique Mesopotamia: No longer on the margins’

11:20-12.00 Liana Saif (Oxford): ‘At the Margins of Orthodoxy: Magic in Medieval Islam’

12.00-12:40 Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov (Manchester) ‘Slavic amulet books and Greek Orthodoxy’ with a response from Will Ryan (retired professor of Russian magic, Warburg Institute).‎‎

12:40-13:40 Lunch Break (as this is a free event, lunch is not provided)

13:40-14:40 Jean-Patrice Boudet (Orléans), ‘Magical Traditions and Medieval Religions of the Book: Common Topics and Mutual Influences’. Chair: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute)

2) Round table discussion (14:40-15:30) Chair: Sophie Page (UCL)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

3) PhD and Early Career Advice (16:00-16.30)

Two simultaneous sessions:

1. Early Career Advice for PhD students. Led by Egil Asprem (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Liana Saif (Oxford)

2. PhD advice for MA students (ESSWE board members and guest speakers)

4) Laboratory: Discussion in period and regional focus groups (16:30-17:30)

With the following scholars, in addition to the speakers and chairs: Andreas Kilcher, Mark Sedgwick, Peter J. Forshaw, Jean-Pierre Brach, Birgit Menzel, Bernd-Christian Otto and Gyorgy E. Szonyi.

17:30 Wine reception


The Warburg Institute, University of London, School of Advanced Study Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB


  • 73 and 30 stop on Euston Road (near Euston Station)
  • 59, 68, 91 and 168 stop on Woburn Place/Tavistock Square
  • 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134 and 390 stop on Tottenham Court Road (going northwards) and on Gower Street (going southwards)

Tube stations:

The nearest tube stations within a few minutes walking distance of the Institute are: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria Line), Euston (Northern and Victoria Lines), and Euston Square (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines).
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British Rail stations:

The rail stations close to the Institute are Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras.

For further information, please contact Sophie Page: or visit the ESSWE Agenda page for this event:


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