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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 2022

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.


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.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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

2) Register for the course. To claim your place on the course you need to register. Registration is online (login with your university account).

Registration is open from January 3 to January 10, 2022. Thereafter we accept 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, please contact you course administrator by e-mail within the registration period.

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

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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.