Performing Magic in the Pre-Modern North – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 15 April, All day

Performing Magic in the Pre-Modern North - CALL FOR PAPERS


Conference | Performing Magic in the Pre-Modern North | November 2024

Call for Papers, deadline – 15 April 2024

The fifth Performing Magic in the pre-Modern North Conference will be held in November, and our call for papers is out NOW! The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 April 2024.

Building upon the success of our previous conferences, where we have delved into diverse themes surrounding pre-modern magic in the North, this conference aims to explore the intricate physical aspects of magical practices.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the follow:

  • Utilisation of vocalisations, musical instruments, and ritualistic songs in magical performances
  • The role of dance, movement, and sound in pre-modern magical rituals
  • Ritual technologies and implements employed in pre-modern magic
  • The embodiment of spiritual entities in ritual enactments
  • The importance, impact, or choice of locations and landscape involved in ritual acts.

We also accept abstracts that fall under our general theme of magic in the pre-modern North. As always, we are especially interested in interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies.

The language of the conference will be in English and the entire event will take place online to allow for accessibility. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion and the opportunity for questions.

We encourage students, early career, established, and independent scholars to participate. If you wish to present a paper, please email an abstract of 250-300 words alongside a short personal biography that includes pronouns, name, area of study and institutional affiliation (if relevant) to by 15 April 2024.

Further details are available on our website: