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Faculty of Music

“Mysticism, Magic, and Supernatural in Mediterranean Music”, June 27-29 2014


10th Symposium - Mysticism, Magic, and Supernatural in Mediterranean Music

Hosted by St John's College
June 27–29, 2014

In addition to the papers listed below, Allan Marett (University of Sydney) will give an invited lecture, and Gary Tomlinson (Yale University) will bring our Symposium to a conclusion by commenting both papers and discussions. Goffredo Plastino (University of Newcastle and President of IASPM) will be with us as the Respondent to Allan Maretts's lecture.

The following papers will be presented:

  • Gail Holst-Warhaft (Cornell University) – The Dark Magic of Lament
  • Teodora Konach (Chancellery of the Polish Presidency – Cultural Policy) – Samodivi: Thraciam Mythology in the Bulgarian Epics
  • Sonia Kieser (Ethnomusikologischer Kulturverein, Vienna) – The Influence of Tarantism on the Music Scene in the Italian Region of Salento
  • Nadia Incoronata Inserra (University of Hawaii, Manoa) – The Tarantella Revival in Southern Italy 
  • Jacomien Prins (University of Warwick) – Girolamo Cardano: The Passions and the Power of Music
  • Francesco Del Bravo (Freie Universität, Berlin) – “Il faut méditerraniser la musique”: Nietzsche and the Mediterranean Turn.
  • Linda Barwick (University of Sydney) – Magic and Mysticism in Contemporary Practice of the Garfagnino Maggio
  • Oliver Gerlach (Naples, Italy) – Magic Dance and Its Para-liturgical Function in Southern-Italian Arbëreshë Communities
  • Cassandre Balosso-Bardin (SOAS, London) – Demons, Saints and Xeremies: The Use of Bagpipesin Mallorcan Para-Liturgical Ceremonies
  • Kathleen Broer van Arragon (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – Mysticism in 12th Century Sicily: the “In Hoc Anni Circulo” Sequence
  • Francesco De Zorzi (University 'Ca' Foscari', Venice) - Between Ecstasy and Choreography: The Ceremony of samâ in the Ottoman-Turkish mevlevi Tradition and Its Development Miriam
  • Rovsing Olsen (Université Paris X-Nanterre) – Actions of magic in some wedding rituals (Morocco) ofsamâ’ in the Ottoman-Turkish mevlevî (‘Whirling Dervishes’) tradition and its development
  • Claudio Rizzoni (University of Rome 'La Sapienza') – From Devotional Singing to Ritual Crisis: Music as Experience of the Sacred in Present Day Naples
  • Loren Chuse (Berkeley, California) – El Duende Flamenco: Magic, Mysticism and Marketing
  • John C. Franklin (The University of Vermont) – Kinyras: The Divine Lyre
  • Ruth F. Davis (Corpus Christi College Cambridge) – "Jacob Bsiri and the Festival of Miracles: Hommage to a Jewish Musician turned Holy Man”



Marcello Sorce Keller, MMS Study Group Chair