MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND THE SUPERNATURAL BODY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
28007
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
Letter Grade
Description
Class Attributes
DSAS Cross-Cult. Awareness General Ed. Requirement
DSAS Social Science General Ed. Requirement
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global&Cross Cul GE. Req.
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.
Asian Studies
Class Notes
Human beings like to explore the limits of experience and push against a boundary that separates what is known to be possible from what is commonly regarded as impossible. Can we live forever? Can we cure all diseases? Can we levitate? Can we talk to animals? Can we touch fire and not get burned? Can we be in two or more places at the same time? Can we travel through time? Can we turn lead into gold? Can we expand our consciousness in order to experience transcendence? Can the strength of the body be enhanced by focusing the power of the mind? In the history of human experience, Asia has been a cultural crucible for these and related questions that broadly encompass the magical possibility of embodied experience. Taking a broad, comparative perspective on magic, but focusing on concrete examples of the supernatural body in India, Tibet and China, we will study these questions, looking at the way they have been asked, and at the social and cultural consequences of the answers people have given to these questions in different contexts. The planned operational mode for this class when meeting in-person is ROTATED COHORT. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-rotated-cohort-classroom/

Class Details
Instructor(s)
Joseph Alter, Maria Ryabova
Meets
MoWe 12:10PM - 1:00PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
121 Lawrence Hall
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required, Recitation Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
100
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
100
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
3
Wait List Capacity
20