Julia Gossard, assistant professor of history at Utah State University, says that since thousands of witch trials took place across Europe and North America, one stereotypical image of an early modern woman is that of a witch. Gossard teaches a class called “Witches, Workers, & Wives,” which examines attitudes, ideas, and stereotypes about gender, sexuality, and power - including how the witch became a quintessential early modern trope. Julia Gossard is giving a presentation on Halloween for the USU Center for Women and Gender. Her presentation is titled “Witchy Women: The Long History of Witchcraft in Western Civilization.” It will be held in the USU Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101 at noon on October 31st.
Julia Gossard is assistant professor of history and a distinguished assistant professor of honor’s education at USU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses on the history of early modern and modern Europe. A historian of 18th-century France, Dr. Gossard is finishing her manuscript, Coercing Children, which examines children as important actors in social reform, state-building, and imperial projects across the early modern French world. She is active on Twitter. To learn more about her teaching, research, and experience in digital humanities, visit her website.
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