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SYMPOSIUM: 'The Natural and the Supernatural in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds'

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Today, the natural and the supernatural are often viewed in stark opposition. In the medieval and early modern period, however, the supernatural infused every aspect of daily life. Prayers and rites punctuated everyday routines, and natural phenomena such as earthquakes and eclipses were often viewed with both suspicion and wonder or as divine portents. Miracle stories, rumours of witchcraft, and accounts of relic veneration all indicate that magic shaped medieval and early modern imaginations. The early modern period was also an era of European exploration, invasion and colonisation, which saw the increase of scientific knowledge though encounters with a number of societies around the globe. Natural histories, travel narratives, and objects circulated widely, creating new connections and shaping existing belief systems. As these sources demonstrate, however, persecution also abounded, and was often prompted by perceived differences in culture or beliefs about the (super)natural.

This conference will examine the numerous and various intersections of the natural and the supernatural. What qualified as natural and supernatural in diverse medieval and early modern societies? When was the world categorised in terms of a natural/supernatural binary? When was this not the case? How did people in medieval and early modern societies perceive and experience these phenomena? How and why did beliefs and structures based on understandings of the natural and the supernatural change in this period? What prompted persecution? How are these events represented and experienced through heritage today?
Location University Hall, The University of Western Australia
Contact Joanne McEwan <joanne.mcewan@uwa.edu.au> : 64882075
URL http://conference.pmrg.org.au/
Start Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:00
End Sat, 07 Oct 2017 17:00
RSVP RSVP is required.
Submitted by Joanne McEwan <joanne.mcewan@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:30
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