International Workshop “Magic and the Manipulation of ‘Nature’ in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu Narratives”


Date / Time Tue 5 Sep 2023 10:00–18:00
Venue in person at Seminar Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka
(10-1 Senribampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka, 565-8511, Japan)
Registration Pre-registration required.Registration
*Please sign up by 12:00 [GMT+9], 21 August 2023 [Mon].
Admission Free (260 yen will be charged if one does not register in advance from the link above.)
Language English
Jointly sponsored by NIHU Global Area Studies Program “Global Mediterranean at the National Museum of Ethnology” and “Global Mediterranean at ILCAA”; Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(A) “The Natural and the Supernatural in Comparative Perspective” (Principal Investigator: Yuriko YAMANAKA (National Museum of Ethnology) Project number:18H03573)
Contact gmed.ilcaa[at] (Secretariat of the Global Mediterranean Project at ILCAA) Please change [at] to @.


10:00–10:30 Opening remarks
Yuriko Yamanaka(National Museum of Ethnology)
“Where Lie the Boundaries of ‘Nature’?”
10:30–11:00 Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (University of Edinburgh)
“Witchcraft and the Supernatural in Iranian National History”
11:00–11:30 Julia Rubanovich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“The Narrative World of the Persian Dastan Vis-à-vis the Binary of Reality and Fantasy”
11:30–12:00 Christine Kämpfer (University of Bamberg)
“The Role of Magic and Otherworlds in Khvaju’s Humay-u Humayun”
12:00–13:00 Lunch break
13:00–15:00 Museum visit
15:00–15:30 Ulrich Marzolph (University of Göttingen)
“Magic in the Thousand and One Nights”
15:30–16:00 Pasha M. Khan (McGill University)
“Epistemologies of the Qissah Genre and the Challenge of Western Disenchantment”
16:00–16:30 Break
16:30–18:00 Discussion