HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Witchcraft in Russia and Beyond
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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In Russia, most of what we think we know about witchcraft falls apart. You think of witches as female? Think again! In Russia, the vast majority of the accused were male. In the west, Satan and a satanic pact fueled ideas about witchcraft, but in Russia the devil hardly entered the record. How can we explain these differences? We will analyze fairy tales (“Baba Yaga”), folk practices, miracle tales, law, contemporary descriptions and trials, and we will read several recent studies that offer thought-provoking analytical frameworks. The course is conceived as a collective effort to puzzle out some of the fundamental problems and methods of comparative history. Students will have a chance to do original research and analysis.

Intended Audience:

Junior and Senior History Majors. Others are welcome, depending on availability of openings. Please contact the instructor with any questions.


HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: All sections of HISTORY 496 are reserved for Juniors and Seniors and is generally enrolled by override only. Seat availability is shown, but interested students may contact Sheila at sheilaw@umich.edu for questions.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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