In ancient magical and ritual practice the materials and materiality mattered. Sensory experiences and emotional responses were also important components of Roman magical practice and were integral to the successful completion of many rituals. Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling were key elements of the ‘doing’ and, in reality, there can be little separation between these concepts if we are to have a holistic understanding of this part of life in the ancient world.
It is the objective of this conference to develop these ideas and to take them further, into the theoretical fields of sensory and emotional archaeologies. The physical, emotional, and intellectual sensorium of the ancient world is difficult to access, but recent research has begun to provide toolkits and approaches which may be applied to the study of Roman magic.
This one day conference will be held at the FutureLearn building in Camden, London (UK) on Friday 27th March 2020. A call for papers will be released shortly.
Organisers: Stuart McKie (University of Durham), Adam Parker (Open University).
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