240514 SE Witchcraft, magic and occult economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond (P3, P4) (2021W)
- Registration is open from We 01.09.2021 00:01 to We 22.09.2021 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Mo 18.10.2021 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Update 14.01.2022: On January 20th a film will be shown in ÜR.
Update 12.01.2022: Due to the current situation the course will be held digital until the end of the semester.
Update 13.12.2021: The course will be held digital until December 17.
Update 22.11.2021: The course will be held digital during lockdown.
If possible, the course is to be conducted in presence. Due to the respective applicable distance regulations and other measures, adjustments may be made.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
2) Depending on the size of the class, each student will individually or in a small group bring in additional material (newspaper cuttings, short videos, other publications) based on the theme of one session. They will shortly present insights emerging from this material in the respective session. This will count towards 30 points of the final mark.
3) Each student will write an individual paper of 3,500 to 5,000 words in which they will reflect upon a number of the assigned readings and/or additional literature (with the help of a proper research question), to be handed in at the end of the course. This will count towards 40 points of the final mark.NB. Please note, all written assignments will be checked with anti-plagiarism software.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
2) With prior notification and a valid reason, an absence of a maximum two session, i.e. approximately 20% of the total hours, will be allowed.
3) All assignments have to be completed.
4) In the case of group assignments, each student should have an active and fair contribution to the assignment (all students involved in a particular group have to be present during their presentation/assignment; hence, they cannot request absence apart from for very important reasons).
* Moro, Pamela A. 2018. Witchcraft, sorcery, and magic. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: 1–9.
* Ardener, Edwin. 2013 . Witchcraft economics, and the continuity of belief. In: M. Douglas (ed.), Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations. London: Routledge, pp. 141–160.
* Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evans. 1976 . Witchcraft is an organic hereditary phenomenon [and] The notion of witchcraft explains unfortunate events [and] Sufferers from misfortune seek for witches among their enemies. In: E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 1–55.
* Douglas, Mary. 1970. Introduction: Thirty Years after Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic. In: M. Douglas (ed.), Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations. London: Routledge, pp. xiii–xxxviii.
* Gluckman, Max. 1963. The magic of despair. In: M. Gluckman, Order and Rebellion in Tribal Africa. London: Cohen & West, pp. 137–145.
* Geschiere, Peter. 2019. Shifting figures of the witch in colonial and postcolonial Africa. In: J. Dillinger (ed.), The Routledge History of Witchcraft. London: Routledge, pp. 299–316.
* Smith, James H. 2019. Witchcraft in Africa. In: R.R. Grinker, S.C. Lubkemann, C.B. Steiner and E. Gonçalves (eds.), A Companion to the Anthropology of Africa. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 63–79.
* Comaroff, Jean and John L. and Comaroff. 1993. Introduction. In: J. Comaroff and J.L. Comaroff (eds.), Modernity and its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Postcolonial Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. xi–xxxvii.
* Comaroff, Jean and John L. Comaroff. 1999. Occult economies and the violence of abstraction: Notes from the South African postcolony. American ethnologist 26 (2): 279–303.
* Comaroff, Jean and John L. Comaroff. 2018. Occult economies, revisited. In: B. Moeran and T. de Waal Malefyt (eds.), Magical Capitalism: Enchantment, Spells, and Occult Practices in Contemporary Economies. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 289–320.
* Comaroff, Jean and John L. Comaroff. 2002. Alien-nation: Zombies, immigrants, and millennial capitalism. The South Atlantic Quarterly 101 (4): 779–805.
* Kroesbergen-Kamps, Johanneke. 2020. Witchcraft after modernity: Old and new directions in the study of witchcraft in Africa. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 10 (3): 860–873.
* Cornish, Helen. 2009. Spelling out history: Transforming witchcraft past and present. The Pomegranate 11 (1): 14–28.
* Favret-Saada, Jeanne. 1980. The way things are said. In: J. Favret-Saada, Deadly Words: Witchcraft in the Bocage. Cambridge and Paris: Cambridge University Press and Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, pp. 3–12.
* Dobler, Gregor. 2015. Fatal Words: Restudying Jeanne Favret-Saada. Anthropology of this Century 13.
* Mencej, Mirjam. 2017. Contemporary European witchcraft. In: M. Mencej, tyrian Witches in European Perspective: Ethnographic Fieldwork. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 23–33.
* Kapferer, Bruce. 2003. Introduction. In: B. Kapferer (ed.), Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery. New York: Berghahn Books,