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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Fall 2008

R S 383 • The Inquisition: Ethncty/Gend

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44755 T
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
EPS 1.128

Course Description

The Inquisition had religious, social, political, and economic consequences and these factors brought to the New World specific ethnic groups intent on evading the scrutiny of the institution. In northern Mexico, the Inquisition effectively changed the processes of conquest, the balance of power, and the practice of religion particularly among conversos who were given large land grants they subsequently lost because of accusations of Jewish practices. Native American groups, normally considered outside of the Inquisitorial reach, encountered the Inquisition as shamans and witches. This seminar reviews the historical background of the Inquisition, explores the consequences of the Inquisition in the conquest and development of the Inquisition in the New Worl, and its differential practices in terms of gender and ethnicity. We will also examine Iberian practices related to folk religion, magic, and witchcraft and their influence and interplay in the inquisitorial treatment of native populations in the New World.

Grading Policy

Individual class presentations 30%
One research paper based on original archival research 70%


Ginzburg, Carlo, /The Night Battles,/ The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002 Paperback edition
Kramer H. and James Sprenger, /The Malleus Maleficarum, /Dover Publications Inc. New York, 1971 Paperback edition
Course packet and/or Eres readings (pdfs) Additional books TBD


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