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Charles Zika

Witchcraft
emotions
visual culture
print
religion
history
european history
early modern europe
art history
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Prof

Charles Zika

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
Late Medieval And Early Modern Europe
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Prof

Charles Zika

 

Charles Zika is a cultural historian of late medieval and early modern Europe, who is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800, which is funded 2011-2018.
Charles graduated BA (Hons) in History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Melbourne, carried out research at the University of Tuebingen, West Germany, and was awarded an MA in History from the University of Melbourne in 1974.



Charles has taught at Monash and Melbourne Universities, became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2003 and was promoted to Professor in 2004. He was Head of the Department of History from 2002 to 2006, and took early retirement at the end of 2007. Since then he has been a Professorial Fellow of the School, primarily engaged in research and supervision of graduate students. Since 2011 he has been one of the ten Chief Investigators in the ARC Centre of Excellence. He has held fellowships in Washington DC, Canberra, Wolfenbuettel, and most recently in 2010-11, at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Goettingen.

Research

Charles' research has focused on the cultural, religious and visual history of northern and central Europe in the late medieval and early modern periods, and especially on the German-speaking lands. His publications have covered topics such as humanism and magic, the German Reformation, the social construction of knowledge, sexuality and moral order, religious practices and authority, folklore and celebrations of the past, print culture and memory, cannibalism and images of witchcraft.

His recent research interests lie in the intersection of religion, emotion visual culture and print in German-speaking Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries. His projects in the Centre for the History of Emotions include:
(i) Emotions, Community and Sacred Space – focusing on the role of emotions in shaping pilgrimage rituals and communal identity at the Austrian shrine of Mariazell, in its transformation into an instrument of Hapsburg religious ideology.
(ii) Emotions and Exclusion in Witchcraft Imagery – tracing reversals in witchcraft belief from demonization to derisive fantasy during the 17th and 18th centuries.
(iii) Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety – exploring religious response through the prism of pamphlets and broadsheets collected by the Zurich pastor Johann Jakob Wick, 1560-1588.
(iv) Emotions and the Visual in the Transformations of Early Modern Europe –investigating the emotional power, resonance and function of religious objects and images, linked to an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017.

For Grants, Activities, Recent Papers & other Professional Activity, etc - see the other pages on this website, and especially my CV, at:
https://unimelb.academia.edu/CharlesZika/CurriculumVitae

Projects

Displaying the 13 most recent projects by Charles Zika.

13

Projects

Project Types


7

Research Grant


5

Research Contracts


1

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 74 most recent scholarly works by Charles Zika.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2013

Best Small Exhibition Catalogue, 2013 (Co-editor)

Art Association of Australian & New Zealand

2010

Fellowship in Residence, October 2010–July 2011

Lichtenberg Kolleg, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Goettingen

2009

Visiting Fellow

Research Centre for Early Modern European Culture, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany

2008

Joint Runner-up, Katherine Briggs Award 2008

British Folklore Society

2008

Honourable Mention, Roland Bainton Prize in History

Sixteenth Century Studies Society & Conference

2005

Co-editor, Late Medieval and Early Modern series

Brepols Publishers, Belgium

1998

Visiting Fellow

Research Centre for Early Modern European Culture, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany

1996

Visiting Fellow

Research Centre for Early Modern European Culture, Herzog August Bibliothek, Woldfenbuettel, Germany

1993

Visiting Fellow

Humanities Research Centre, ANU

1992

Visiting Fellow

Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gellery of Art, Washington DC

2003

FAHA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Casual

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Honorary

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Life Member

Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & EArly Modern Europe

Member

Renaissance Society of America

Member

Sixteenth Century Society & Conference

Education


Master of Arts

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

University of Melbourne