Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming

Some of the committee members: Éva Pócs, Emanuela Timotin and Laura Jiga in Pécs, Hungary 2015

The ISFNR Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming aims to encourage the study of verbal charms (known in other languages as Segen, scongiuri, zagovory, loitsut, etc.), the practice of charming, and the practitioners of charms and their clients.

The Committee consists of Elenora Cianci, Laura Jiga Iliescu, Mare Kõiva, Aigars Lielbārdis, Davor Nikolić, Lea Olsan, Haralampos Passalis, Éva Pócs, Jonathan Roper (Vice Chair), Emanuela Timotin (Chair), Andrey Toporkov, and Daiva Vaitkevičiene.


Future Meetings

Helsinki, June 12–14, 2024


Call for Papers (PDF)

Past Meetings

List of past meetings

Charms, Charmers and Charming Online Seminars

The Latest

February 26, 2024: Languaging and Old Frankish(?) Irruptions in a Medieval Latin Charm. With Consideration of Old English Parallels and the Etymology of leodrune ‘Song-Sorceress’
by Mr. Frog


Past Seminars

June 26, 2023: Book Launch: Eleonora Cianci, Nicholas Wolf (eds), The Language of Magic
with Eleonora Cianci, Lea Olsan, Nicholas Wolf

May 15, 2023: East-European Charms in the Gaelic West? International Narrative Charms in Ireland
by Barbara Hillers

March 27, 2023: A Mighty Benefactor and his Changing Functions. The Archangel Michael in Romanian Charms
by Emanuela Timotin

February 27, 2023: Book Launch: Aigars Lielbārdis, 150. Kolekcija buramvārdi / Collection 150. Charms
with Aigars Lielbardis, Daiva Vaitkevičiene

January 23, 2023: Alexander the Great’s Servants and the Disease Caused by Them. Brief Examination on the ‘Stealing Sacred Power’ Theme as Expressed by Romanian Legends and Charms about Fairies
by Laura Jiga Iliescu

November 28, 2022: Charms in Late Antique and the Earliest English Medicine. Transmission and Transformation
by Lea Olsan

October 31, 2022: Russian Versions of “The Dream of the Virgin Mary”. The Social Functioning of a Non-Canonical Text
by Andrey Toporkov



Incantatio. An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming on this site

Incantatio. An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming on


International Annotated Charms Bibliography (a work in progress, version as of April 2015) (PDF)

Recent Charms Scholarship (PDF)

Discussion Documents

Charm indexes: problems and perspectives (Revised) (PDF)
by Andrei Toporkov and Tatiana Agapkina

Responses to Toporkov and Agapkina’s proposals (PDF)

Links By Freepik

Charms, Magic, Folklore (in Russian)

Romanian Love Charms Database