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Uszkalo launches new journal

Posted on | May 10, 2012 | No Comments

CIRCA is happy to announce that the first issue of Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies in the Preternatural has been delivered to university libraries and to individual subscribers. Preternature is edited by CIRCA Scholar Dr. Kirsten Uszkalo.

A thin thread pulls the the witch, the demon, the monster, the magician through history. Some of these figures are found in single archival references, some are part of the canon, but there seems to be no end of these intellectual curiosities and, as such, these topics continue to fascinate. Some scholars work exclusively in these fields, others are enthralled in hunting down one sensational reference, but there are few venues dedicated to giving voice to their interrogation. Preternature fills an important scholarly niche, embracing the advantages of a broad geographic scope and interdisciplinarity to explore some of the dark corners of scholarly and popular discourses.

Preternature is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of the preternatural as seen in magics, witchcraft, spiritualism, occultism, prophecy, monstrophy, demonology, and folklore. The journal embraces a broad and dynamic definition of the preternatural, since the very categories of magic, religion, and science are open and active registers that the journal strives to explore, contextualize, and challenge.

Preternature is a bi-annual publication, published through Pennsylvania State University Press, is available in print or electronically through JSTOR, Project Muse, and as a Kindle e-book.

More information on Preternature can be found online at and at

Editor, Kirsten C. Uszkalo, is the author of a number of scholarly articles on witchcraft, possession, and digital culture. Head of the Witches in Early Modern England Project, this interdisciplinary scholar is currently in Edmonton, Alberta. Her first book, Witch and Prophet, a comparison of the construction of witchcraft and prophecy, published through AU press, arrives this year. Her second book, tentatively titled Rage Possession uses cognitive science and neuroscience to understand possession phenomenon in early modern England and is under review at PSUP. Her third manuscript, a micro-historical case study of one witchcraft accusation in 1620s London, is currently being copy edited.


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