Curses at the 6th International ESSWE Conference of you may already be familiar with the ESSWE, aka the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, as well as the thematic network that I am co-director of, the NSEA (Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity).

(If you aren’t familiar, do yourself a favour and get acquainted!)

In June, the University of Erfurt will be hosting the Sixth International ESSWE Conference. This year’s theme is Western esotericism and deviance. As part of the conference, the NSEA is organizing two panels, one on Gnosticism and another on Magic & Alchemy. While a more formal announcement of the panels will be forthcoming, I wanted to provide a brief heads up that, in addition to facilitating one of the NSEA panels, I will also be presenting at ESSWE6!

My paper will be on a topic which I’ve been working on for a few years now: curses. Specifically, I will be talking about the lead tables found at the Sanctuary of Magna Mater and Isis in Germany. In addition to translating some curses from Latin that have yet to be made available in English, I hope to offer a solid re-think of the categories that we use to talk about curses and demonstrate that our conceptualization of “magic” in antiquity is not as clear-cut as it is often portrayed.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the conference in June!

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