Johanna Johannsdottir Damaris

Doctoral Student

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
50430 Göteborg

About Johanna Johannsdottir Damaris

I am a doctoral candidate in the history of ideas at the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at Gothenburg University. My thesis examines how 'nature' was renegotiated in the context of early modern witchcraft, focusing on 17th-century England. The analysis seeks to bring 'nature' to the forefront of witchcraft narratives and examines its concept and role in the English witchcraft debate. The exploration aims to deepen our comprehension of early modern natural philosophy by investigating how experiences of nature were presented and comprehended within the context of witchcraft. This involves scrutinizing phenomena like weather, animals, and subterranean environments as depicted through the lens of witchcraft narratives. The primary materials for this study encompass both demonological treatises and popular pamphlets.

I have taught classes in Europaprogrammet (EU1110), IL1105 Miljöhistoria och ekokritik, and IL1101 Idéhistoriens huvudlinjer 1.

In 2020, I initiated the establishment of student journal IDÉ. Tidskrift för idéhistoria (

I am a member of Barockakademin and ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esoterism).

In 2024, I am convener of Tidigmoderna Seminariet (the Early Modern Seminar) at the University of Gothenburg.