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Ezra's Archives will offically launch on May 1, 2019 during History's Celebration Event @ 4:30 (location tba)

CHS Presents:  Dr. Valerie Kivelson

Erotic Magic in 17th-Century Russia: The Art of Witchcraft

Thursday, April 11m 2019

5:00pm in Lewis Auditorium (GSH G24)

"In recent decades, some of the most exciting scholarship on witchcraft in Western Europe has explored its representation in the visual arts. From the early 16th century, European paintings, drawings, and engravings dwelled on the witch’s dangerous and alluring sexuality. Russia, which experienced its own, more restrained episode of witch-hunting at roughly the same time, developed a very different notion of witchcraft, its practitioners, and its particular dangers. Only one solitary drawing survives to illustrate Russian witchcraft at work prior to the early 18th century. This lecture explores this unique image and unpacks its meanings in order to investigate Russian ideas about visual culture and about witchcraft in general and about erotic magic and sexual violence in particular. This single image provides remarkable insights into whole arenas where textual sources as a whole remain silent. We will follow up its hidden clues and unpack its meanings together during this seminar."



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A major contributor to the department’s intellectual culture, the Cornell Historical Society is a community of exceptionally engaged undergraduate students whose ac-tivity centers on the journal Ezra’s Archives, the History Advi-sor Program (HAP), and a host of other—and ever-evolving—history-oriented events throughout the year. Ezra's Archives, which features exemplary research in history by undergraduates at Cornell as well as other universities, published its seventh volume this year. Selected from over forty submissions, the five articles featured in this issue include a critical reassessment of eighteenth-century American politi-cian and slave-owner Henry Laurens, an analysis of the men-tality of American lawyers recruited to defend erstwhile enemies during the 1946-48 Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, and an examination of ethnic policies towards Viet-Cambodians and Sino-Cambodians in late twentieth-century Cambodia. The History Advisor Program, meanwhile, functions as a social-intellectual hub for all students interested in studying history: its purpose is to match experienced upper-classmen "peer advisors" with freshman, sophomore, and transfer students so as to advise them about the major and coursework.
~written by Professor Claudia Verhoeven

To read the entire article, page 4 of the department newsletter.

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