The anthropological literature dealing with problems of “transition” out of socialism has shed little light on the accelerating revitalization of “magical practices,”occurring throughout the former socialist orders in Europe.
This is in part because there is little consensus today within Anthropology about the meaning, significance or “functions” of “magical practices. One result is that the topic is often deleted from (left out of) most accounts of life today in these nation-states. As in the past then the topic of magic has largely been left to the region’s folklorists and ethnologists. This has particularly been in the case in Romania where little attention has been paid to the increasingly“normalization” of traditional belief like magic that has occurred since the 1989 Revolution.
It may well be that increases in “magical practices” point to a growing “disenchantment” with all modernist discourses and a concomitant “re-enchantment” of locally defined and positioned identities, culture and practice
At the same time, this increase in “magical practices” may point to further “universal” commodification (or reinvention) of specific cultural beliefs and practices that serve elite agendas like “cultural tourism.” This session is seen as an opportunity for scholars interested in magic in Eastern Europe to share experiences, create debate and to collaborate.
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)