CONGRESS CANCELED Psychoactive Ingredients and Intoxication in Medieval Magic

Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University

Description

Studies of medieval magic have largely focused on the legitimacy and genealogies of magical theories and practices, and questions of textual and contextual coherence. This session will highlight “microscopic” elements of magical practice; namely, psychoactive ingredients and intoxicants, with the aim to understand the place of these substances in scientific and religious discourses through the study of magical texts, which are situated at the intersection of these “macroscopic” discourses. Engaging in a discussion about mind-altering substances in medieval magic fits within a growing academic engagement with the subject of psychedelics in the sciences and humanities. David Porreca

 
May 8th, 1:30 PM

CONGRESS CANCELED Psychoactive Ingredients and Intoxication in Medieval Magic

Sangren 1730

Studies of medieval magic have largely focused on the legitimacy and genealogies of magical theories and practices, and questions of textual and contextual coherence. This session will highlight “microscopic” elements of magical practice; namely, psychoactive ingredients and intoxicants, with the aim to understand the place of these substances in scientific and religious discourses through the study of magical texts, which are situated at the intersection of these “macroscopic” discourses. Engaging in a discussion about mind-altering substances in medieval magic fits within a growing academic engagement with the subject of psychedelics in the sciences and humanities. David Porreca