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Magic in the European History of Religions: Texts and Traditions

The course looks at some of the most important magical texts and traditions that have flourished in Europe and the broader Mediterranean area from late antiquity to the present day.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
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Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.

IMPORTANT

Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department- courses

If you have been admitted to a course at our department you need to do the following to claim your place.

1) Activate your university account. The university account gives you access to IT services at Stockholm University and to information necessary for your studies. Here you find information about how to activate your account.

NB, there can be a time laps between your account activation until you will be able to do the course registration.

2) Register for the course. To claim your place in the course you need to register. Registration is online (login with your university account). If you are uncertain about whether your registration has been successful, just try to print out a certificate of registration and check if this course is mentioned.

Registration on the web is open from January 4th to January 10th 2020. Thereafter we take in students from the list of reserves. N.B. you will lose your place if you fail to register during the abovementioned period. If you encounter problems, contact me by e-mail not later than December 10th.

Course information such as syllabus, schedule, list of required readings, is available further down on this page.

Once you have registered you will have access to the course’s site in Athena, where you find more detailed course information. Log in with your university account.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic our department has decided that during the first half of the spring semester all courses will be taught online. That means that you need to have access to a computer with broadband internet connection, web-camera and preferably a head-set. Here you can read about the software we use for online teaching.

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Magic in the European History of religions

The texts and traditions of European magic are discussed in their historical, religious, and social contexts, with a specific focus on 1) the transcultural encounters and transfers that magical texts bear witness to; and 2) the continuities and discontinuities in their reception and use that shed light on broader developments in the European history of religions. The various goals, techniques, material cultures, and experiential dimensions of magic are assessed, as well as their theological and philosophical interpretations.

The course has an emphasis on reading and interpreting primary sources in translation. Through primary and secondary sources, students will be acquainted with late-antique materials such as the Greek Magical Papyri and Neoplatonic theurgy; medieval materials such as the Picatrix and the Solomonic ritual magical tradition; Renaissance natural magic and occult philosophy; and modern occultist magical traditions that continue to the present day. Broader theoretical questions about the meanings and place of magic vis-à-vis- religion, science, philosophy, and culture will be interrogated throughout the course.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module, Magic in the European History of Religions, 7,5 credits.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Instruction is given in the language specified for each respective course offering.

    Instruction is either distance- or campus-based, as specified for each course offering.

    Assessment

    The course is examined on the basis of written examinations in the form of a take-home exam and assignment papers.

    Examiner

    List of examiners at ERG

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Contact

    Egil Asprem, course coordinator: egil.asprem@rel.su.se