Conference: Magic in Late Antiquity. Objects, Texts and Contexts Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, March 1-3, 2020

Organised by Avigail Manekin-Bamberger, Gideon Bohak, and Yakir Paz, this looks like a good one! Check out the schedule, which we are giving in full here as there’s no obvious way to link to it online:

SUNDAY – 1.3.2020
Mandel Building, Room 530

10:45 – Opening
Session 1: 11:00 – 12:30

Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol)
– Victim Mentality? Some Observations on the Psychology of Ancient Magic
Eleni Pachoumi (Hellenic Open University/Oxford University)
– Magico-theurgic Prayers in Late Antique Magic
Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv University)
– Divination and Magic in Late Antique Judaism

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

Session 2: 13:30-15:00
Siam Bhayro (University of Exeter) – Moses in the Aramaic Magic Bowls

Yakir Paz (Hebrew University)
– Eternal Chains and the Mountain of Darkness: The Fallen Angels in
the Incantation Bowls
James Nathan Ford (Bar Ilan University)
– The Havdala de-Rabbi Aqiva in the Light of the Magic Bowls

Session 3: 15:30-17:00
Árpád M. Nagy (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)
– “A Stumbling Block to Jews” but no “Folly to Gentiles” –
Judaizing Amulet Gems from the Roman Imperial Period
Rivka Elitzur-Leiman (Tel Aviv University)
– “And Inscribe it on a Piece of Gold ” – the Book of Mysteries in Context
Guy Stiebel (Tel Aviv University): Arma Magica
– Military Equipment and Ritual in Roman Judaea

Roundtable: Recent Trends in the Study of Ancient Magic

Discussants: Gideon Bohak, Véronique Dasen, Esther Eidinow,
Christopher A. Faraone

Moderator: Avigail Manekin-Bamberger

19:00 – Reception at Mandel Building

MONDAY – 2.3.2020
Beit Meirsdorf, Room 502

Session 4: 11:00 – 12:30
Juraj Franek (Masaryk University/Czech Academy of Sciences)
– Bilingual Bronze Amulet from the Collection of Gustave Schlumberger
Ortal-Paz Saar (Utrecht University)
– Funerary Protection: Jewish Curses against Grave Desecration
Nancy Benovitz (Israel Museum)
– The Magic of the Shema (Deut. 6:4): An Upcoming Israel Museum Exhibition

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

Session 5: 13:30-15:00
Matthew Morgenstern (Tel Aviv University)
– Mandaic Magic Texts, Early and Late
Hatty Walker (University of Exeter)
: BT Shab 115a and the Aramaic Magic Bowls: A Scribal Rationale for
the Burial of Overturned Jewish Bowl Texts

Mark Geller (UCL)
– Mind the Gap: Akkadian background to the Mandaic Phylactery of
Rue (šapta d-šambra)

Session 6: 15:30-16:30
Yuval Harari (Ben Gurion University)
– Hanina the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of Folk
Traditions in Antiquity
Alessia Bellusci (Yale University)
– Early Roots of Hebrew Secreta Literature

Session 7: 16:45-18:15
Vera Duerrschnabel (University of Bern):
– Hebrew and Aramaic Adjuration Formulae within the Context of
Mediterranean Magic
Daniela Urbanová (Masaryk University)
– Strategies of Addressing Higher Powers from Greco-Roman Antiquity
to the Latin Middle Ages
Robert Daniel (Universität zu Köln)
– The Curse Tablets from the University of Pennsylvania 1994
Excavations at Promontory Palace in Caesarea

TUESDAY – 3.3.2020

Mandel Building, Room 530

Session 8: 9:30 – 11:00
Shaul Shaked (Hebrew University)
– ‘Writtenness’ in Magic Bowls
Dan Levene (University of Southampton)
– The Writing of a Magical text as a Performative Act
Avigail Manekin-Bamberger (Hebrew University)
– Scribal Variability in the Bowls: Rethinking the “Corpus” of the
Jewish Magic Bowls

Session 9: 11:30 – 13:00
Fritz Graf (Ohio State University)
– Cursing against Cursing: A Clash of Categories
Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg / ERC Locus Ludi)
– Magical Games
Richard Gordon (Universität Erfurt)
– Achieving Rhetorical ‘Weight’ in Incantation: The Example of
Determinative Compound Words

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

Session 10: 14:00 – 15:30
Theodore de Bruyn (University of Ottawa)
– Locating Power in Christian Contexts in Late Antique Egypt: A
Conversation between Amulets and Graffiti
Jacques van der Vliet (Leiden University)
– Divine Bodies and Celestial Landscape in Late-Antique Egyptian Magic
Christopher Faraone (University of Chicago)
– A Bronze Head of Augustus in Nubia, a Curse in a Galilean
Synagogue and the Long-Afterlife of Pharaonic Trampling Magic