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Professor Richard Kieckhefer discusses magic and witchcraft

March 22, 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Robbins Room, Rush Rhees Library

Professor Kieckhefer will participate with members of the UR community in a discussion of a pre-circulated paper about magic and witchcraft (time TBA).

Richard Kieckhefer is the John Evans Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of History. He has written extensively about the late Middle Ages in Western Europe, with special interest in church architecture and in the history of witchcraft and magic.  He is currently finishing books on "The Mystical Presence of Christ" (an exploration of the relationship between ordinary and extraordinary piety, between shared religious culture and exceptional religious experience) and late medieval church-building (an inquiry into the collaboration and conflict among different interest groups in the creation of monuments meant to serve and symbolize communal interests). His previously published books include European Witch Trials (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1976), Unquiet Souls (Chicago, 1984), Magic in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1989), Forbidden Rites: A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century (Sutton and Penn State Press, 1997), and Theology in Stone (Oxford, 2004). A theme underlying much of his research is the way in which communities create and sustain a sense of shared culture in the face of difference, dissention, and dispute. 

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