Courses: Geographies of Witchcraft and the Occult in Early Modern Europe (HISTH237A01)

Fall 2013

Rather than dismiss witchcraft and the occult sciences as irrational beliefs, this course investigates them within the context of early modern Europe to understand them as rational practices. How did people defend magic and what evidence did they invoke? Why did people accuse each other of practicing witchcraft? How were arguments for and against occult practices related to religious, political, and geographic contexts? What role did ideas about gender and social roles play in ideas about witches, necromancers, and sorcerers? Equally important for this class: If we no longer accept these practices as valid, why do we still care today?

Fulfills: SO III Limit:35

Location

Haverford, Hall 107

Meeting Times

TTh 11:30-1:00