Magic and the Magician – Program

Program of the 2016 symposium: Magic and the Magician in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time


Meetings will take place 

Friday, April 29, 2016: Saguaro Hall 101(southwest of Old Main, behind Social Sciences), 9 a.m.-11:50 a.m. (1110 E. South Campus Rd.)

1:00-5 p.m. Cesar Chavez 111 (north of Old Main) 

Saturday, April 30, 2016: Cesar Chavez Building 111, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (1110 E. North Campus Road)


Symposium Program

THURSDAY, April 28, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by Albrecht Classen), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality suite 134 on the west side of the hotel,) – we hope to see you all, but feel free to drop in and to stay until ca. 9 p.m. at your leisure. Keep in mind that the room is a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m., except for Saturday when we’ll have our roundtable!

FRIDAY, April 29: Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:20 a.m.Please be punctual. I will purchase the Sun Link streetcar day passes for you (another item for both days covered by the registration)


8:30 a.m. departure with the modern streetcar (Sun Link)


We’ll ride to the campus of The University of Arizona and get off at the Sun Link Main Gate station University and Park, and walk east to the central campus (ca. 5 minutes).This will take in total about 30 minutes.


Chair for both days: Albrecht Classen

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions.

REGISTRATION: 9:00-9:15 A.M. (Gennady Sare, Business Manager, COH)


9:15-9:45: Michael D. Bailey, Iowa State University: Medieval Magic as a Religious Movement

9:45-10:15 Aideen M. O’Leary, University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Constructing the Magical Biography of the Irish Druid Mog Ruith

Coffee/tea break: 10:15-10:25 

10:25-10:55 Patricia E. Black, California State University Chico:  The Magical Other in the Prise d’Orange — PAPER WAS NOT DELIVERED

10:55-11:25 Kathleen Jarchow, University of Connecticut: Plausible Deniability: The Social and Literary Purposes of the French Chanson de Geste Maugis d’Aigremon 

11:25 a.m.-11:55 Christopher R. Clason, Oakland University: The Magic of Love: Queen Isolde, the Magician Clinschor, and Seeing in Gottfried’s Tristan and Wolfram’s Parzival 

Lunch, 12:10 p.m. at: Paradise Bakery, 845 N. Park Avenue (ca. 10 minutes on foot) – please take everything with you since we are not going to return to Saguaro Hall


Resumption of the presentations: 1:15 p.m. New Building: Cesar Chavez Rm. 111

1:15-1:45 Rosmarie Thee Morewedge, Binghamton University, SUNY: Magical Gifts in Tristan und Isolde and the Rejection of  Magic

1:45-2:15 Anne Berthelot, University of Connecticut: Merlin, ou les tours de magie d’un prophète 

2:15-2:45 Nurit Golan, Tel Aviv University, Israel: Science and Magic: The Case of the Portail des Libraires, Rouen   

Coffee/tea break: 2:45-3:00

3:00-3:30 Claire Fanger: Rice University:The Magician at Home with His Family: Across Cultural Look at the Use and Rejection of Magic by Two Medieval Religious Men

3:30-4:00 Susanna Niiranen, Research Associate, University of Oxford, UK / Senior Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Protective plants, animal and mineral substances: ritual and magical in medieval healing

4:00-4:30  Jaime Leaños, University of Nevada, Reno: In Pluto’s name: Love and Witchcraft in Fernando de Rojas’s La Celestina

4:30-4:45 Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona: Magic in Late Medieval German Literature: The Case of the Good Magician Malagis

4:45-5:15 Elizabeth Chesney Zegura, The University of Arizona: Attempted Murder by Magic: The Sorcerer and His Apprentice in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron

5:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.: Tour of the campus

6:15 departure for dinner with Sun Link

6:30 p.m.: La Indita (Mexican), 622 N. 4th Ave (we will take the Sun Link to the restaurant) – 4th St. stop


7:45 p.m.: Return to the Riverpark Inn with the Sun Link streetcar, get off at Cushing and Frontage Road, immediately west of the Interstate 10


Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite #134: 8:00 – 9:45 p.m. Hosted by A. Classen


SATURDAY, April 30

8:20 a.m. Departure from the hotel (please be punctual). We’ll take the Sunlink Streetcar again to the Campus, which takes about 30 minutes. There is only one Streetcar, so no confusion possible.

Sun Link runs only every 30 minutes on Sat. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. so we must catch the 8:30 ride


To reach our conference site in César Chavez Building 111, we’ll get off the Streetcar at E. 2nd Street and Olive Street and walk down (south). This is the same building where we met on Fri afternoon.


9:00-9:30 Warren Tormey, English Dept., Middle Tennessee State University: Magical (and Maligned) Metalworkers: Understanding Representations of Early Medieval Blacksmiths

9:30-10:00 Cristina Azuela, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Renart, Merlin, and Eustace the Monk: Magic and Devilry among Medieval Tricksters

10:00-10:30 Daniel F. Pigg: The University of Tennessee at Martin: Representing Magic and Science in The Franklin’s Tale and The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale: Chaucer Explores Connected Topics

Coffee/tea break: 10:30-10:45

10:45-11:15 Lisa M. C. Weston, Department of English, California State University, Fresno: Grammar, Grimoires, and Curious Clerks

11:15-11:45 David Tomíček, John Evangelista Purkyne University, Czech Republic: Magic and Ritual in Late-Medieval Popular Medicine 

12:00-1:15: Lunch (Hosted by UA); Delivered, Beyond Bread (sandwiches, pasta salad)

We continue in Cesar Chavez Bldg. 111

1:30-2:00 Amiri Ayanna, Brown University: Women’s Magic,The Wisdom of Ben-Sira, and Heinrich Kramer’s Nuremburg Handbook : The Construction of the Fifteenth Century Civic Sorceress

2:00-2:30 Dalicia Raymond, University of New Mexico:The Case of Morgan le Fay:  Motives, Means, and a Malevolent Magical Mantel in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur

2:30-3:00 Chiara Benati, Dipartimento di Lingue e Culture Moderne, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy: Painted eyes, magical sieves, and carved runes: Charms for Catching and Punishing Thieves in the Medieval and Early Modern Germanic Tradition

Coffee/tea break: 3:00-3:15

3:15-3:45 Jiri Koten, Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Ustí nad Labem, Czech Republic: Heterochronic Representations of Magic in Czech Chapbooks

3:45-4:15 Allison P. Coudert, University of California at Davis: Rethinking Disenchantment 

4:15-4:45 Martha Peacock, Brigham Young University, Utah:  Cornelisz van Oostsanen’s Painting of “Saul and the Witch of Endor” of 1526.  

4:45-5:15 Thomas Willard, University of Arizona: How Magical Was Renaissance Magic?

End of Symposium

Free time until 5:45p.m.

5:45 p.m. we walk over to Sinbad’s Cafe, 810 E. University Blvd. (ca. 10 minutes walking time)

Dinner: 6:00-7:15

Transportation back to the Hotel with Sun Link (Main Gate station at University Blvd. and Euclid), get off the streetcar at Cushing and Frontage Road, which is right next to the hotel after the Interstate 10): runs every 15 minutes


8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by A. Classen


8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?


Preparation for publication in “Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture” (link is on my webpage under Middle Ages (right hand side), “Fundamentals”


Sunday: There are wonderful options to visit the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum, which I strongly recommend, or of St. Xavier del Bac (transportation a bit difficult, but I’ll help with whatever I can)