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Natacha Klein Käfer

PCD Postdoctroal Fellow

History of charms, German migrations, witchcraft, alchemy, and ritual practice.

The Humanities Center
Gilman 213
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Fax: 410-516-7354

Natacha Klein Käfer was awarded her PhD through the Erasmus Mundus Programme Text and Event in Early Modern Europe, a joint doctoral program which includes the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Kent, the University of Porto, and Charles University in Prague. Her thesis deals with the history of German charms, the transmission of ritual knowledge across time, and the adaptations in text and practice that occur as these charms migrate to the American continent. Previously, she completed her MA in Religious Studies at the University of Erfurt, and her BA in History at the Federal University of Santa Maria (BR). She has also been awarded a Herzog-Ernst Grant at the Research Library in Gotha and currently holds a Principles of Cultural Dynamics fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research focuses particularly on the use of charms by German immigrants in the US-American territory, contrasting it with how the use of the same charms developed in immigrant communities in Southern Brazil. This comparison can reveal unique dynamics of cultural innovation and adaptation of charm lore in different contexts. Overall, her work focuses mostly on the fields of history of charms, German migrations, witchcraft, alchemy, and ritual practice.


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