Call for Papers
Magical, Religious, Occult and Mystical Discourse
A Panel Discussion at the Sixth International Literature and Humanities
Inscriptions in the Sand: an arts and culture conference and festival
at Eastern Mediterranean University
in Famagusta, on the island of Cyprus
May 30-June 1, 2003

Submissions are invited for a Panel Discussion on the relations between
language and belief in the preternatural; and on the interpretive techniques
involved in deciphering or determining the meaning and significance of
spoken or written texts and images in the traditions variously classified as
magical, religious, occult, or mystical. We welcome in particular
presentations which suggest points of intersection or engagement between
these relations and techniques, and contemporary tendencies in critical

Some possible topic areas (others are welcome):

—alchemical, cabalistic, or theosophical texts; Books of the Dead, grimoires
—oracular/trance speech, glossolalia, automatic writing
—Ouija boards, Tarot cards, astrology, techniques of divination
—symbolic, allegorical, anagogical readings of text/ the world as text
—spells, prayers, promises, incantations
—absence and presence; conjuration and exorcism
—runes, charms, amulets, talismans
—performative subjects/objects: satanism, witchcraft, voodoo, obeah
—magical moralities: the tales of Perrault, the Grimm brothers, and Anderson
—ideologies of magic: Lewis, Tolkien, Le Guin, and Rowling
—mystical desire, ecstasy, orgasm, and transcendent language
—witches and warlocks: gender roles in the experience of the supernatural
—sacred texts and ideologies of translation
—Meister Eckhart, Boehme, Swedenborg, and the language of angels
—angels, daemons, and hermeneutic mediation
—magic, medicine, and readings/inscriptions of the body
—Michel de Certeau’s Mystic Fable
—visions, dreams, texts of revelation, the language of the possessed
—Biblical hermeneutics, revelation, and the death of god
—postmodern theologies
—madness, spirit/demonic possession, and psychoanalysis
—Faustian contracts and binding spells; knowledge and power

Prospective panelists are invited to send 250-word abstracts/proposals for
15-20 minute presentations on any aspect of these areas to
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We look forward to learning about your research, and to a provocative

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“Creative/Performance Work.”