The test version of the speech is available here.
The live recording of the speech is here.
And here is the discussion which unfolded afterwards.
Next Sunday (May 16th) at 12:40 (GMT+2) I will have my presentation (this time in English!) in the panel The (Not So) Dunwich Horrors during the PhilosophyCon 6: Metaphysical Horror conference. I will be talking about (not so much Euclidean – obviously!) experimental method of measuring horror in the Talmudic narratives.
All the technical details will be provided by the organizers on the FB page, the abstract of my presentation is attached below.
I still wonder what the best name for one unit of Talmudic horror might be though…
Measuring the Literary Horror of the Talmudic Accounts Involving the Supernatural Entities
The Babylonian Talmud is one of the foundational texts of the Jewish culture and religion. This composition gathers the ruminations of the sages spanning several centuries of the Late Antiquity and although it focuses on the religious law and biblical interpretation, the rabbis occasionally tackle other subjects such as the supernatural entities. The variety on occasions on which they appear, and often light-hearted nature of these accounts suggest that the sages treated them as a mundane element of the natural world.
Or did they?
The main purpose of this lecture is to offer a technique of measuring the literary horror (understood as a complex of fear, disgust, mystery, and reality) in the Talmudic accounts involving the supernatural entities. The method bases on the qualitative and quantitative data contained in the Elyonim veTachtonim inventory and albeit it has been developed with the specific sources in mind, it can be customized to fit other religious and cultural corpuses.
This speech has been prepared as a part of the project The Supernatural Entities and Their Relationships with Humans according to the Babylonian Talmud from the Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives financed by the National Science Centre, Poland (SONATA 14; Registration number: 2018/31/D/HS1/00513).