ZwisslerREL/WGS WI 302 F 21Page 1 of 14REL/WGS 302 WI F 2021♠Witchcraft, Magic and the OccultTues [/Thurs] 3:30-4:45pm, Anspach 168Hybrid: live meetings Tuesdays only.Dr. Laurel Zwissler, she/her/hersEmail: [email protected]Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-11:45am, or by pre-booked appointment, AN 301R. Masks required.This is aHYBRIDclass (combining both live classroom and online content). We will alternate in-classlecture/discussion days (Tues: aka“live-class day”) with shared online content. For the“online day”(Thurs.), you can actually access the content when it is comfortable for you, as long as you do it beforethe next Tuesday class. In other words, everyone will share online content and a live lecture/discussionday. We meet in the classroom on Tuesdays.Delta CaveatsFirst, let’s be honest with ourselves and each other: this is STILL not a normal semester. Greeting theinevitable, unforeseen challenges with generosity and compassion is that best we can do.Therefore, this syllabus is subject to revision.♠MASKS are mandatoryin all CMU classrooms. Especially with the new virus variants active in ourcommunities, it is crucial to observe all protocols strictly. This includes social distancing and making surethat your mask fits securelyover your noseand mouth.♠If we need to stop in-class meetings because of another virus wave, we will move to meetingexclusively online, with Tuesday as our live day. With a little flexibility and some of that aforementionedgenerosity, we will do just fine making the transition.♠With all of the uncertainties that lie ahead of us this semester, it crucial that youtake initiativewithassignments, especially your research paper.♠Other details may need to be changed up as we go. Let’s just keep clearly communicating with eachother about what needs to change as we become aware of it.I am here to help. Really! Talk to me.Course DescriptionIn this course we will explore the history and theory of witchcraft and demonology. We will examine howthe witch is‘constructed’ as a symbol of evil, how this symbolic evil being comes to be associated withreal, ordinary women (and some men). Through the interpretation of some of the foundational texts ofEuropean demonology, we engage important controversies within and across history, religious studies,and feminist studies. How does one study the history of imagined or impossible events, such as riding onbroomsticks? What is the relationship of witchcraft to Christianity? How is witch-hunting gendered andwhat does that tell us about witch-hunting societies? Do witches exist? The course includes discussion ofthe anthropological study of witchcraft in small-scale, non-Christian societies and examination of the useof the history of witchcraft by contemporary New Religious Movements.
ZwisslerREL/WGS WI 302 F 21Page 2 of 14Required Texts:available at the CMU Bookstore and online retailers;make sure to get thecorrect editions; double-check shipping arrival dates before ordering.