Appealing to Higher Powers: The Intermingling of the Natural and the Supernatural in the Premodern World

6 June 2019, 9:45-17:00. Librije, Martinikerk (back entrance).

The students of the Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies ReMa at the University of Groningen are delighted to invite you to the 2019 CMEMS conference. This year’s topic will be “Appealing to Higher Powers: The Intermingling of the Natural and the Supernatural in the Premodern World”. With topics ranging from Roman augury to colonial alchemy, this day will be filled with exciting research, new insights, and opportunities for discussion.

Dr. Julian Yolles (University of Southern Denmark) will conclude the conference with a thought-provoking presentation on the natural and supernatural in the medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad. Of course, we hope that you are able to join us for the entire day, but you are also more than welcome to attend one or more sessions. You can also find our event on Facebook: “Appealing to Higher Powers – CMEMS”.


10.00 – doors open

10.15 – word of welcome

[Session 1]

10.30 – Pim Schievink. Dreaming Epiphanies: A Cognitive Approach to Healing Dreams in the Sanctuary of Epidauros in the Fourth Century BC.

11.00 – Dylan Breedeveld. The Ghost of Cynthia (Propertius Elegies 4.7) in the Frame of Homer and Virgil.

11.30 – Jitse Daniels. Augurs, Haruspices and the Will of the Gods in Roman Politics.

12.00 – lunch break

[Session 2]

13.00 – Johannes Vennäng. Friends in High Places: Cooperating with God in the Livonian Crusade.

13.30 – Emma Joppe. Martyrs for Science: Thomas Norton and the Character of Fifteenth-Century English Alchemy.

14.00 – coffee break

[Session 3]

14.30 – Karst Schuil. The Magic Universe of Jacob Vallick: The Conceptualization of Magic and Sorcery in the Early Modern Duchy of Cleves.

15.00 – Teddy Delwiche. “Secreta secretae alkymia secrete servabo”: Apprehensions towards Alchemy in Colonial New England.

15.30 – coffee break

[Keynote lecture]

16.00 – Julian Yolles. The Natural and Supernatural in the Medieval Latin Lives of Muhammad.

17.00 – drinks

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