Conference Schedule

All sessions of the conference will be held in :

Thompson Room,
Barker Center 110
12 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

Friday April 6:

Registration 8:00-8:50

Opening remarks 8:50-9:00

Session 1: Medieval Ireland
9:00-9:30: Elizabeth Gray, Harvard University. Myth, Medicine, and Motives for Murder: Dían Cécht and his Son Míach in Cath Maige Tuired.
9:30-10:00: Ilona Tuomi, University College Cork. Presenting the remedy which Dian Cécht left with his household – the situational nature of an Old Irish charm
10:00-10:30: Deborah Hayden, Maynooth University. A medieval Irish collection of medical poems.

Coffee break: 10:30-10:45

Session 2: Germany and the Germanic diaspora
10:45-11:15: Chiara Benati, Universita degli studi de Genova. The blood-staunching charm in Lucerne, ZHB, Pp 27 4to and its medieval Germanic antecedents.
11:15-11:45: Patrick J. Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Heritage Center. Of Warts and Waning: Perspectives on transference and transliteration in Pennsylvania’s ritual healing traditions.
11:45-12:15: Natacha Klein Käfer, Freie Universität Berlin. Immigrant rituals: German charms in immigrant communities in Southern Brazil and Pennsylvania.

Lunch: 12:15-1:30

Session 3: Early Medieval Insular Charms
1:30-2:00: Emily Kesling, University of Oxford. Learned languages in insular charms.
2:00-2:30: Karel Fraaije, University College London. The regenerative womb of Mother Earth: Unearthing the metaphorical language of healing and fertility in the Old English ‘metrical charm’ for unfruitful land.
2:30-3:00: Joseph Shack, Harvard University. Title TBA.

Coffee break: 3:00-3:15

Session 4: Doctrine and Practice
3:15-3:45: Abhimanyu Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Healing and the Healers in the Vinaya Piṭaka and in the Jātaka Narratives.
3:45-4:15: Béatrice Delaurenti, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Medieval healing charms between doctrine and practices.
4:15-4:45: Lennart Lehmhaus, University of Pennsylvania. Healing charms and magico-medical practices in ancient Jewish traditions – beyond the “Ways of the Amorites.”

Coffee break: 4:45-5:00

KEYNOTE 1: 5:00-6:00: Jacqueline Borsje, University of Amsterdam. Title TBA.

Reception 6:15

Saturday April 7, 2018

Session 5: The Power of the Word in the Middle Ages
9:00-9:30: K. A. Laity, College of Saint Rose. Good Vibrations: medieval community & healing sound.
9:30-9:45: Katherine Hindley, Nanyang Technological University. The healing power of destruction in medieval England.
9:45-10:15: Isabel de la Cruz-Cabanillas, University of Alcalá. Verbal magic and healing charms in GUL Ms Ferguson 147.

Coffee Break: 10:15-10:30

Session 6: Contemporary Ireland
10:30-11:00: Fiona Shannon, Trinity College Dublin, Astrid Sasse, Trinity College Dublin, Michael Heinrich, University College London, Helen Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin. Traditional knowledge and folkloric practices in 1930s Ireland.
11:00-11:30: Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, University College Dublin. Folk medicine in Ireland today: recordings from a Midlands town.
11:30-12:00: Barbara Hillers, University College Dublin. ‘Joint to Joint and Sinew to Sinew’: The second Merseburg charm in Gaelic tradition.

Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Session 7: Women and childbirth
1:30-2:00: Sara Ritchey, University of Tennessee. Charms as text and act: Verbal efficacy and the performance of therapy in women’s religious communities.
2:00-2:30: Anna Andreeva, Heidelberg University. Talismans for safe pregnancy and childbirth in medieval Japan.
2:30-3:00: Ailie Kerr, Harvard University. Title TBA.
3:00-3:30: Sara Verskin, Rhode Island College. “No Harm Except Your Harm and No Benefit Except Your Benefit”: Islamizing healing objects in medieval Muslim literature.

Coffee Break: 3:30-3:45

Session 8: Central and South America
3:45-4:15: Tracy Brannstrom, University of California, Berkeley. Incantations and Over-the-Counter Pills in Amazonian Peru.
4:15-4:45: Ignacio D. Arellano-Torres, Stony Brook University. The friar against the jaibana.
4:45-5:15: Sandra Elena Guevara Flores, independent scholar. The cocoliztli of 1545 in New Spain: an Aztec-Spanish disease in colonial times.

Coffee Break: 5:15-5:30

KEYNOTE 2: 5:30-6:30: Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University. Title TBA

Dinner: 7:15 at the Maharaja Restaurant

Sunday April 8, 2018

Session 9: Medieval Medical Charms
9:00-9:30: Eleonora Cianci, University of Chieti-Pescara. Three brothers in the mirror.
9:30-10:00: Meg Leja, Binghampton University. The charms of the saints and the attraction of herbs: Prescriptions for health in the early Middle Ages.
10:00-10:30: Arsenio Ferraces-Rodríguez, University of Coruña. The precationes of a medical recipe book from the 6th-7th century.

Coffee Break: 10:30-10:45

Session 10: History of Medicine
10:45-11:15: Dr. Walton Shalick, University of Wisconsin. Wonder Water: A marvelous charm of medieval medicine.
11:15-11:45: Adam Komorowski, Sang Ik Song, University of Limerick. A politics of the senses: the political role of the King’s-Evil in Richard Wiseman’s Severall Chirurgicall Treatises.
11:45-12:15: Alexander Chase-Levenson, University of Pennsylvania. “And so, I was purified”: Performing the Magic of Quarantine in the Early Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean.

Coffee Break: 12:15-12:30

Session 11: The Twentieth Century and Beyond.
12:30-1:00: Jack Montgomery, Western Kentucky University Libraries. From Tobies to Nation Sacks: the role of the magical charm in the practice of Carolina Low-Country “Hoodoo.”
1:00-1:30: Daniel Frim, Harvard University. Shamanic healing and ritual authority in two Kwak’wala Nuyəm.
1:30-2:00: Ross MacFarlane, Wellcome Collection. Edward Lovett and the collecting of medical charms in early 20th century London.

2:00: Closing Remarks.