IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 804: The Power of Words

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Organiser:Jonathan Wooding, Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Wooding, Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Paper 804-aTransforming Reality by Using Words: Prayers, Charms, and Satire in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jacqueline Borsje, Research Institute for Culture & History, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Sermons and Preaching
Paper 804-bThree Blisters: Old Irish Poetic Curse and Naive Physiology
(Language: English)
Tatiana Mikhaylova, Institute of Linguistics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Celtic
Abstract

This session is part of the international, interdisciplinary research project ‘The Power of Words in Traditional European Cultures’. ‘Words of power’ in their multiform expression are its subject: e.g. charms, curses, incantations, prayers, oaths, taboos, and blessings. These words are believed to have the power to transform reality, either through some intrinsic power that they possess, or through the agency of a supernatural entity. Involved are Moscow State University, Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academia (Moscow), Institute for Linguistic Studies (St Petersburg), University of Wales (Lampeter), Helsinki University, Utrecht University, and the University of Ulster.