News and Events

GISRAM events 2019/2020

Autumn semester

Semi-annual meeting of GISRAM, Sunday, September 22 3:00-5:00 at the home of Sarah Iles Johnston and Fritz Graf.  Topic: discussion of article ‘Familiarity and Phenomenology’ by guest-of-honor Katie Rask.

The annual Davis Lecture in Christianity (Department of Comparative Studies) Thursday, September 26 at 4:30 in Thompson Library.  Speaker: Angie Heo, ‘Copts and Christian-Muslim Mediation: The Social Life of Theology in Egypt’  More info at:

Friday, October 11, 7 p.m.: lecture and performance by scholar of Renaissance magic and practicing stage magician Josh Jay, sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Title: ‘Rediscovering Discoverie: Making Magic’s Oldest Ideas New Again,’  Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater.

Friday, November 15, 4:00 p.m: Annual Francis Utley Lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Folklore and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, by Lea T. Olsan.  Title: ‘Charms: Religion, Medicine, Magic and Foklore.’

Spring Semester

Thursday, February 20: Colloquium on the pedagogy of magic, focused on Radcliffe Edmond’s new book Drawing Down the Moon.  Outside speakers: Radcliffe Edmonds, David Frankfurter.  OSU speakers will include Sarah Iles Johnston, Hugh Urban and Michael Swartz.  Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion. More info TBA

Tuesday, March 3: Colloquium on The Story of Myth by Sarah Iles Johnston, with outside speaker Markus Altena Davidsen.   Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion. More info TBA

Wednesday, April 8: Annual Schlam Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Classics.  Speaker: Esther Eidinow.  More info TBA

Thursday, April 9: Colloquium on Narrating Belief, sponsored by the Public Narrative Collaborative Discovery Theme.  Outside Speakers: Esther Eidinow and Laura Feldt.  OSU speakers and more info coming soon!  Organizers: Carman Romano (.93) and Caroline Toy (.36)

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