Witchcraft and Magic in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe - Theory, Religion, and Practice

Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
Course Description: 

The course is giving an overview of recent research and source publications on this topic. We will examine both medieval and early modern theories on “superstition”, “magic”, demonology, and modern explanations thereof: scapegoating, nightmares, panic, witch hunting. Historical sources will include manuals of ritual magic, treatises on demonology, documents from witch trials, iconographic material. The time frame will be from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century.

Learning Outcomes: 

Witchcraft research is one of the central territories where the research methods of history, anthropology and  psychology can successfully be combined. The course will situate this topic in an overview of the evolution late medieval Christianity.

Assessment: 

On the basis of participation in the discussion and research paper