By a note in Facebook I became aware of an interesting conference to be held in Bonn this summer:
Egyptian and Jewish Magic in antiquity
Bonn 5-9 July. The Venue of the Conference will be the site of the Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn.
The main goals hoped to be attained with the EJMA Conference are:
- isolating a magico-technical vocabulary, which characterizes ancient texts of magic and, possibly, achieve a common and intercultural terminology on ancient magic.
- following some linguistic and ritualistic developments in magical texts, both within a specific culture as well as cross- culturally,
- understanding some of the magical names and nomina barbara we find in later texts, most of which still remain incomprehensible to us.
- reconstructing the ritual dynamics of different magical practices on the basis of textual and material comparisons within the same culture or between different cultures – and especially those which dwelt in Egypt – both from a synchronic and diachronic perspective.