The Intertwining of Magic and Knowledge/Sciences in the Premodern Mediterranean (and Beyond) (colloque)

Les jeudi 18 et vendredi 19 mai 2023 aura lieu le colloque « The Intertwining of Magic and Knowledge/Sciences in the Premodern Mediterranean (and Beyond) » organisé par Lennart Lehmhaus (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), David Hamidovic, Eleonora Serra (University of Lausanne), Wissem Gueddich (École Pratique des Hautes Études), Florentina Badalanova Geller (Royal Anthropological Institute, 2022-2023 Paris IAS fellow) et Mark Geller (University College London). Il est sponsorisé par le réseau de recherche « Between Encyclopaedia and Epitome – Talmudic strategies of knowledge- making in the context of ancient medicine and sciences » (Tübingen University, University College London, Freie Universität Berlin).

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La visite à la sorcière (Monastère de Rila)
La visite à la sorcière (Monastère de Rila)
Photographie d’Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov
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In past scholarship magic has often been discussed as the “eternal other” or complete opposite et of either religion or rationale and scientific thought — or both. These dichotomies have been thoroughly revised during the past decades and researchers substantially broadened and nuanced our understanding of the landscape of ancient magic.  Still, the discourse tends to revolve around conceptualizations and questions of applicability or proximity between magic, religion and ritual. This conference highlights a different aspect of magic in the ancient and medieval world.  The specific perspective enquires into magic but not as part of any dichotomy. Rather, the focus lies on ‘magic’ as a branch of knowledge of its own which was part of the ancient landscape of sciences, arts, crafts, and general know-how, closely entangled with other fields.  Accordingly, papers will discuss how magical texts, artefacts, practices, or concepts intertwine with those (in) other branches of knowledge such as medicine, alchemy, celestial knowledge, liturgy and others. Contributors will examine how ‘magic’ was involved in the often subtle or indirect transmission and transformation of knowledge. Analysis will be based on sources from a variety of magical traditions, from the Near East and Europe in ancient and medieval periods.


Jeudi 18 mai 2023

Lieu : auditorium de la Fondation Victor Lyon (29 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris, France)
Co-sponsorisé par le Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IEA/IAS).

15h30 : bienvenue

Session 1 : Transmission, Scribal Knowledge and Intertextuality


David Hamidovic (Lausanne), « The Ritual of the Woman in Adultery in the Damascus Document (4Q266 12; 4Q270 4): An Example of Transmission and Recontextualization »

Eleonora Serra (Lausanne/UCL), « Intertextuality in the Magic Bowls »

17h30 : pause

Session 2 : Practical Medicine, Recipes and Animal Parts


Caroline Petit (Warwick), « Galen, Empiricism, and The Fragments of Xenocrates of Aphrodisias »

Lennart Lehmhaus (Tübingen), « (Don’t) Stop the Magic – magic rituals, performance, and expertise as practical medicine in late antique rabbinic texts »

19h30 : dîner (à la Fondation Victor Lyon)

Vendredi 19 mai 2023

Lieu : Salle Vasari de l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’art (INHA ; 2 rue Vivienne, Paris 75002)
Co-sponsorisé par l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Judith Olszowy-Schlanger et Wissem Gueddich

Session 3 : Ritual Techniques and the Knowledge of Animals and Other Species


Thomas Galoppin (Toulouse), « The Names of the Beasts: Zoological Knowledge and Magical Language »

Paolo Lucca (Venice), « Roaring Demons and Hunting Saints. Typology and function of the historiola in the Armenian magical texts »

10h30 : pause café (Salle Warburg)

Session 4 (zoom) : Divination, Demons, and Drugs


Stefanie Rudolf (Berlin/Tübingen), « Demons of infertility in a pharmacological garden: King Solomons dialogue with the angel of the spirit in Syriac sources »

Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv), « Divination and Magic in Late-Antique Judaism »

12h30 : pause déjeuner (Salle Warburg)

Session 5 : Materialities of Magic


Monika Amsler (Bern), « Some Thoughts on the Materiality and Affordances of Babylonian Incantation Bowls »

Wissem Gueddich (Paris), « A Hebrew Parchment from Clermont l’Hérault? »

15h30 : pause café (Salle Warburg)

Session 6 (zoom) : Compilation and Appropriation of Traditions and Artefacts


Emma Abate (Bologna), « Amulets and Recipes: A pinch of Magic from the Hebrew manuscripts collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) »

Yakir Paz (Jerusalem), « Translating Jannes and Jambres into Rabbinic Literature »

17h30 : pause

Session 7 : Sleep Well – Dream Magic in Religion, Liturgy, and Medicine


Alessia Bellusci (Venice), « The longue durée of dreams in Jewish culture: Between magic, medicine, and religion »

Discussion finale

À partir de 19h00 : dîner de clôture

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Jean-Charles Coulon (2023, 16 mai). The Intertwining of Magic and Knowledge/Sciences in the Premodern Mediterranean (and Beyond) (colloque). Le monde des djinns. Consulté le 26 février 2024, à l’adresse

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