links for 2010-09-29

  • "Preternature is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of the preternatural as seen in magics, witchcraft, spiritualism, occultism, prophecy, monstrophy, demonology, and folklore. The journal embraces a broad and dynamic definition of the preternatural, since the very categories of magic, religion, and science are open and active registers that the journal strives to explore, contextualize, and challenge.

    Preternature publishes scholarly articles, notes, and reviews covering all time periods and geographies, from a variety of historical, literary cultural, and social scientific approaches. As an English language publication, the Western tradition is inevitably an important focus, but the journal also encourages submissions covering cultural traditions worldwide."

  • "Established in Bristol, UK, in 2002 by two Bristol University postgraduates, Alison Butler and Dave Evans, the Society for the Academic Study of Magic (SASM) was created to further communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of all aspects of magic and esotericism. SASM aims to promote and foster academic understandings of magic and enhance the reputation of such understandings within the academy.

    SASM’s range of concerns includes, but is by no means limited to, the history, sociology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology of magic, magical practices and theories of magic, as well as magical objects, artefacts and texts. We are avowedly cross-disciplinary and thus would be interested to hear from anyone in any academic discipline, and freelance researchers involved in studies of such subjects."