Instructor: Cristina A. Pop

Dates: Thursdays; March 31th to April 28th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Do we really live in a disenchanted world? To what extent are irrational beliefs and practices still shaping our everyday lives? Is magic always to be found elsewhere? This course explores one of the most controversial topics in anthropology – the cross-cultural relevance of magic and witchcraft. We will consider the notions of contagious magic and imitative magic through a range of ethnographic examples from various cultures and geographical areas. We will discuss magic beliefs and practices about birth and death, disease and healing, love and fertility. Special attention will be given to shamanism and vampires.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Cristina-PopInstructor Bio: Cristina A. Pop, who comes from Transylvania, is a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at MSU. Cristina received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research and teaching focus on reproduction, women’s health, and cervical cancer prevention. She plans a future project about cadaveric organ donation in Romania.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember


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