Certaine Wytches Conference: Persecution and Possibilityconference Wed 24 Apr 2019, 10:00 – 16:45
University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QR
- Standard entry £35
A conference in which the concept of witchcraft and historic witch persecution within Exeter and further afield will be examined by a selection of highly-esteemed key note speakers. This complements the Certaine Wytches Fear, Myth & Magic exhibition at the Jubliee Gallery at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey.
Organised by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, with support from the University of Exeter Arts and Culture team, this day-long event will bring academics and artists together to shed further light on the history of witchcraft in Exeter, Devon and beyond, and on the symbolism, imagery and practices that can still resonate strongly with us today.
The key note speakers at this event are:
- Dr Nicola Thomas - Conference Chair, Associate Professor in Cultural Geography, University of Exeter.
- Anne Jackson - Tapestry artist and the originator of the exhibition series The Witchcraft series: Commemoration and Metaphor. Her current series investigates the power that the idea of "the witch" holds in our culture as a metaphor for our fears, and a representation of social injustice towards women.
- Professor Mark Stoyle - Professor of Early Modern History, University of Southampton. Professor Stoyle's presentation explores early witch- prosecuting in Exeter, exploring the changes in this process throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Legion Projects - Curators of Waking the Witch, a group exhibition of 16 contemporary artists interested in the changing factors around the ever-shifting figure of the witch. They offer interpretations of both contemporary and historical witchcraft, exploring the idea of the witch as a challenging force to prevailing norms.
- Professor Marion Gibson - Professor of Renaissance and Magical Literatures, University of Exeter. Professor Gibson's presentation is about witches using their stories to explain themselves, to open up possibilities in their lives and - sometimes - to escape persecution.
The event will run from 10am (registration and coffee from 9:30am) until 4:45pm at Reed Hall, University of Exeter Streatham Campus. Standard entry is £35, early bird booking £30 (until 28 February 2019), and students and other concessions at £25.