Dr. Emanuela Timotin

Emanuela Timotin has a PhD from the University of Bucharest (2007) and a second PhD from University Stendhal – Grenoble III (2009). She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Linguistics Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti of the Romanian Academy. She is member of the editorial board of Incantatio. An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming (Tartu, Estonia) and assistant editorial secretary of Studii şi cercetări lingvistice (Bucharest, Romania). She edited the Romanian manuscript charms (Descântecele manuscrise româneşti (secolele al XVII-lea – al XIX-lea) [The Romanian Manuscript Charms (17th – 19th centuries), critical edition, philological et linguistic study, Bucharest, Editura Academiei Române, 2010 (prize Timotei Cipariu of the Romanian Academy), various apocryphal writings (Letter of Christ fallen from the Sky, Rod of the Cross) and published several articles on heterodox prayers and on the relation between charms and prayers.

 Latest publications:

I. BOOKS:

  1. Emanuela Timotin, Paroles protectrices, paroles guérisseuses. La tradition manuscrite des charmes roumains (XVIIe-XIXe siècle), Paris, Presses de l’université Paris-Sorbonne, col. „Tradition et croyances”, 2015, 385 p., ISBN 910-231-05087;
  2. Descântecele manuscrise româneşti (secolele al XVII-lea – al XIX-lea) (The Romanian Manuscript Charms (17th – 19th centuries), critical edition, philological and linguistic study, Bucharest, Editura Academiei Române, 2010
    • Award: Timotei Cipariu Prize of the Romanian Academy
  3. Legenda duminicii (The Letter of Christ Fallen from the Sky), monographic study, edition and glossary, [Cele mai vechi cărţi populare în literatura română, X], Bucharest, Fundaţia Naţională pentru Ştiinţă şi Artă – Academia Română, 2005.

II. ARTICLES:

  1. Eastern Christian Prayers against Hailstorms: Aquatic Demons and Divine Powers in Canonical and Apocryphal Contexts, in: Éva Pócs, András Zempléni, Spirit Possession. European Contributions to Comparative Studies, Central European University Press, New York – Budapest, 2016 (forthcoming);
  2. ‘The năjit between Prayers and Charms. A Study on the Romanian Manuscript Tradition’, in J. Kapalo, É. Pócs, W. F. Ryan (eds.), The Power of Words. Studies on Charms and Charming in Europe, Budapest, CEU Press, 2012, 216-230;
  3. ‘Le saint et les vers. Syméon Stylite l’Ancien, protecteur des vers à soie dans la tradition roumaine’, in F. Vigneron, K. Watanabe (eds.), Voix des mythes, science des civilisations. Hommage à Philippe Walter, Bern-Berlin, Peter Lang, 2012, 373-382;
  4. Les apocryphes et leurs moyens de légitimation. Le Rêve de la Vierge dans la tradition roumaine’, New Europe College Yearbook, Bucharest, 2010-2011, 211-253;
  5. ‘Les incantations roumaines contre la matrice. Formules répétitives et associations symboliques’, in F. Bayard, A. Guillaume (eds) Formes et Difformités médiévales. Mélanges d’histoire, de littérature, de langue et de mythologie médiévales offerts au Professeur Claude Lecouteux, forewords by Régis Boyer and Jacques Le Goff, Paris, Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2010, 279-285;
  6. L’invocation à la lune dans les charmes roumains. Tradition manuscrite et tradition orale’, in A. Branda, I. Cuceu (eds.), Romania Occidentalis, Romania Orientalis. Festschrift für Ion Taloş, Cluj, Editura Fundaţiei pentru Studii Europene–Editura Mega, 2010, 651-660;
  7. Irodia, doamna zânelor. Notes sur les fées roumaines et leur cohorte fantastique’, in K. Ueltschi, M. White-Le Goff (eds.), Les entre-mondes. Les vivants, les morts, Paris, Klincksieck, 2009, 179-194;
  8. ‘Queen of the Fairies and Biblical Queen. Notes on the Romanian Herodias’, Acta Ethnographica Hungarica. An International Journal of Ethnography, 54 (2009) [= É. Pócs (ed.), Folk Religion and Folk Belief in Central-Eastern Europe], 363-376;
  9. ‘Un aspect méconnu des fées roumaines. Observations sur un texte magique manuscrit’, Revue des Études Sud-Est Européennes, 45 (2007), 433-443;
  10.  ‘Une version roumaine inconnue de la Lettre du Christ tombée du ciel’, in Byzance, les Balkans, l’Europe. Études en honneur du Prof. Vasilka Tăpkova-Zaimova [Studia Balcanica, 25], Sofia, Institut d’Études Balkaniques, 2006, 549-556;
  11. ‘Particularităţi comune versiunilor de tipul ‘Ierusalim’ ale Legendei duminicii şi textelor de legi’ (Common features of the Letter of Christ Fallen from the Sky (Jerusalem version) and the juridical texts), Studii şi cercetări lingvistice, 54 (2003), 203-225;
  12. Despre funcţia substantivelor formate prin moţiune în descântecele româneşti’ (On the Function of the Nouns Formed with Suffixes of Genre in the Romanian Charms), Limba română, 52 (2003), 561-572.

Latest papers:

  1. When saints become malefic: The case of Romanian charms, at the 9th Conference of the International Committee for Charms, Charmers and Charming: Innovation and Tradition, University College Cork, Ireland, 6-8 May 2016;
  2. Ancient Magical Practices on the Border of Western and Eastern Christianity‘, at the International Conference Charms, Charmers and Charming. A Three Days International Conference at Pécs Committee of the Humgarian Academy Sciences, Pécs, 15-17 May 2015;
  3. ‘La Vie d’Adam et Ève dans la tradition roumaine‘, at the 4th International Colloquium on Jewish and Christian Apocryphal Literatures The Life of Adam and Eve and Adamic Traditions, Lausanne-Genève, 7-10 janvier 2014;
  4. ‘Writing Powerful Words. Codicological Features and Transmission of the Romanian Manuscript Charms‘, 16th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), June, 24-30, 2013, Vilnius;
  5. ‘Possessed Waters. The Romanian Tradition of the Manuscript Exorcisms against Hail’, Spirit Possession. European contributions to comparative studies, Conference organised by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and by the University of Pécs, September, 14-16, 2012, Pécs;
  6.  ‘Gospels and Knots. Healing Fever in Romanian Manuscript Charms’, Oral Charms in Structural and Comparative Light. Conference of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research. Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming, October, 27-29, 2011, Moscow;
  7. ‘Reshuffled Structures and Wandering Motifs. The Apocryphal Writing The Legend of Saint Sisinnios in Romanian Manuscript Charms (18th – 19th Centuries)’, Charms, Charmers and Charming, International Conference at the Romanian Academy, June, 24-25, 2010, Bucharest;
  8. ‘The Fever and Its Healers. Saint Photeine and the 40 Martyrs in Two Romanian Manuscript Charms’, 15th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) organised by the Hellenic Centre of Folklore of the Academy of Athens, June, 21-27, 2009, Athens;
  9.  ‘Malefic Demons in the Romanian Historiolae’, Symposium on Encounter Charms, University of Tartu, Estonia, May, 9, 2008.