This event, originally scheduled for March 16, has been postponed until May 23. However, Dr. Jutta Eming will speak on Saturday, March 18 during the Sustainability and the Cultural Heritage workshop at St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall, UBC.
The storylines of some of the best known epics in Western culture (e.g. Parzival and Tristan) involve magical events. However, a widespread opinion still claims that magical thinking and practices only survived on the margins during the Christian Middle Ages. A general view also has it that magical thinking stands in opposition to science and rationality. Arguing against such views, this talk will introduce a definition of magic as a way of conceptualizing the world. These conceptual relationships can be detected, explored and applied through various practices, some of which are comparable to empirical scientific methods.