A three-day international conference
at the Pécs Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pécs, Hungary
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May, 2015
Organized by: the International Society for Folk Narrative Research’s Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming
the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Pécs, Hungary
Supported by: ERC project Vernacular religion on the boundary of Eastern and Western Christianity: continuity, changes and interactions (No 324 214)
CALL FOR PAPERS
We have the honour of informing you of our international conference on Charms, Charmers and Charming and would be honoured if you contributed to its success by sharing your research findings at this forum. The conference is the 8th event within the series organized by the ISFNR Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming, in which scholars meet to exchange ideas from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Conferences are regularly organized by the Committee (the first conference was held in London in 2003, and was followed by conferences in London 2005, Pécs 2007, Tartu 2008, Athens 2009, Bucharest 2010 and Vilnius 2013). The University of Pécs and the Academic Board of Pécs are pleased to be hosting the 8th conference. As Pécs is situated close to the centre of the European continent, we hope that the time and place we have chosen will be suitable for researchers from both East and West. We would be very happy to meet folklorists, anthropologists, medievalists, literary historians and historians of religion, researchers working in the fields of ethnopsychiatry and the history of medicine, as well as representatives from scholars working in Germanic, Slavic, Baltic, Byzantine, Balkan, etc. studies. And through collaboration we would like to conduct a parallel examination of Eastern and Western European folklore from the Middle Ages to the present, and also to examine phenomena from Christian and non-Christian, elite and popular, literary and oral traditions.
We welcome proposals in the following areas:
1) Comparative and historical approaches to verbal charms at the boundaries of Eastern and Western Christianities
2) Charms as a genre: the genre's characteristics and borders; charms and related forms – prayers, divinations, curses, etc.
3) The micro-analysis of a particular charm-type
4) Charmers as workers at (and over) boundaries – ethnic, religious, linguistic, etc.
If you wish to attend the conference, please submit your abstract (200–500 words) together with details of your name, institution, position, address, phone, and email, to:
by 5th November.
Further details about the conference are to be found at:
University of Pécs
Dept. of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Rókus u. 2.