Johanna Johannsdottir Damaris
Doctoral StudentDepartment of Literature, History of Ideas, and
About Johanna Johannsdottir Damaris
Since fall 2020 I am a doctoral student in history of ideas at the Department of literature, history of ideas, and religion. My research explores the interactions between notions of nature and humans in the debate on witchcraft and demonology in early modern England, focusing on the conceptualization of the "natural" and the "preternatural". My thesis examines how experiences of nature are presented in the discussions on whether a human being – the witch – can intervene in the course of non-human creation, exploit or manipulate natural forces to achieve specific goals, as affecting crops, animal life, health and general well-being, or control the weather.