Italy, MIlan and Triora (Liguria)

The sparkling beauty of sorceress: Symbolic culture, art and imaginal practices beyhond prejudice and witch hunt

when 21 August 2017 - 31 August 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 350

"The witches have stopped to exist when we have stopped to burn them" declared Voltaire, one of the most important spirit of Western Enligthenment, but are we sure he was right? Unfortunately nowadays we still witness worrisome symbolic (and even concrete) burnings or other events of violence against women and feminine sensibility, knowledge, behavior, style of thinking and living. Perhaps the problem does not concern only “reason” and, as thinkers like Jung, Hillman, Durand substain, it is rooted in a deeper dynamic imaginative substratum of archetypes, myths and symbols which move our actions, direct our lives and against which reason has just a weak power.

Moving from this considerations the school aims to involve the participants into an exciting journey into the reign of creative imagination (myth, tales, poetry, arts, cinema, music, architecture) in search of the symbolic character of the Witch in order to burn prejudices and stereotypes and to recognize its indomitable and wild beauty, its educative, transformative and even therapeutic potential for our life and culture. At the same time the school aim to show the value of the works of symbolic art as sources of knowledge and in term of a grateful attitude towards “feminine” and any other sort of “difference”. Furthermore the educative program aims to involve the participants in imaginal practices with the purpose to stimulate a sensible, participatory and gentle way of understanding phenomena, welcome differences and dwelling the world.

Course leader

Prof. Paolo Mottana, Prof. Marina Barioglio

Target group

All students

Course aim

Symbolic Culture
Immaginal Pedagogy
Symbolic Hermeneutics
Symbolic Poetry, Art, Cinema and Music
Witch archetypal image in symbolic culture

Fee info

EUR 350: Price for IPAP Members and University of MIlano-Bicocca Students: The tuition fee covers all lectures; course materials and excursion. The tuition fee doesn't cover accomodation costs both in Milan and Triora. For accomodation at University of MIlano-Bicocca campus please visit our accomodation section. For excursion in Triora we suggest accomodation at Arma di Taggia. More information regarding the excursion will be shared as soon as possible.
EUR 400: The tuition fee covers all lectures; course materials and excursion. The tuition fee doesn't cover accomodation costs both in Milan and Triora. For accomodation at University of MIlano-Bicocca campus please visit our accomodation section. For excursion in Triora we suggest accomodation at Arma di Taggia. More information regarding the excursion will be shared as soon as possible.