New ejournal: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 2006-

Magic ritual and witchcraft coverOxford users now have access to the electronic Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, v 1(1) 2006- (ISSN: 1556-8547).

Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, this scholarly journal “draws from a broad spectrum of perspectives, methods, and disciplines, offering the widest possible geographical scope and chronological range, from prehistory to the modern era and from the Old World to the New. In addition to original research, the journal features book reviews, editorials, and lists of newly published work.”

A great journal for those researching witchcraft or first-year historians who have signed up for next term’s Optional Subject Witch-craft and witch-hunting in early modern Europe.

Here is a sample table of Contents for vol. 8 (1), summer 2013:

Foreword: On Shamans, Witches, and Stories
Claire Fanger

Nocturnal Journeys and Ritual Dances in Bernardino of Siena 4
Michael D Bailey

Burchard’s strigae, the Witches’ Sabbath, and Shamanistic Cannibalism in Early Modern Europe 18
Emma Wilby

Ritualized Violence against Sorcerers in Fifteenth-Century France
Aleksandra Pfau

Stephen Mitchell’s Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages An Assessment and Appreciation
Ronald Hutton

Magic and Witchcraft Historicized, Localized, and Ethnicized: A Response to Stephen Mitchell’s Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Thomas A. Dubois

Trial until 25 Feb: Archives Unbound (selections)

Together with the VHL, we are running a trial for selected collections in Archives Unbound.

Archives Unbound offers access to topically-focussed archives of digitised historical documents. The following selections are being trialled:
1. East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963
2. The Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944
3. Witchcraft in Europe and America
4. Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s
5. Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
6. Overland Journeys: Travels in the West, 1800-1880

We have previously looked at Archives Unbound and often found the quality of the scans disappointing. If you have any views on searching, content, etc. then please send your feedback for 1-3 to Isabel Holowaty and for 3-6 to Jane Rawson.

The trial ends 25 February 2011. You will need a password. In OxLIP+, search for Archives Unbound as a title. Then click on the Weblearn link which is provided in the Legend box on the right-hand side. Do let us know if you have problems with access.

Trial: Witchcraft in Europe and America

We now have trial access to “Witchcraft in Europe and America”, a digital library of texts on witchcraft between the 15th century and c.1930.

The majority of the material concerns the 16th to 18th centuries. In addition to these classic texts, the collection includes anti-persecution writings, works by penologists, legal and church documents, exposés of persecutions, and philosophical writings and transcripts of trials and exorcisms. Included are many rare and fragile manuscripts containing eyewitness accounts and court records of the trials of witches, including harrowing original manuscript depositions taken from the victims in the torture chamber. The majority of texts are in Latin, English and German, although there are also selected items in French, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch and Spanish.

Access is via OxLIP+. Please send feedback to Isabel Holowaty by 11th June. We have already made a note of some poor quality scans. There are currently no funds for this resource, but we would like to find out whether it’s worth adding to the History desiderata list.