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    The European Witch Hunt in World Context, with Prof Ronald Hutton

    Posted by Emily Selove

    22 February 2023

    The European Witch Hunt in World Context: Some Further Thoughts

    Professor Ronald Hutton

    3:30pm, Wednesday 1st March, Lecture Theatre D, Streatham Court (University of Exeter). Followed by a drinks reception from around 5:00pm.

    This event will also be streamed online via Zoom. Please register for ‘Online Only’ to receive the link.

    “Witch-hunting is not a thing of the past, but an increasingly serious problem in large areas of the developing world, and it has recently been made the subject of a United Nations resolution. This lecture is intended to explain how the European witch-hunting of the early modern period fitted into the general world pattern, how it differed from it, and whether any lessons can be drawn from the European experience which can be of use to the rest of the planet.

    Ronald Hutton is the senior Professor of History in the University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is also the Gresham Professor of Divinity at London and sits on the Conservation Committee of Historic England. He has published eighteen books and eighty-three essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and the history of witchcraft and magic.

    Professor Hutton is the author of The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present (2007).

    The Centre for Early Modern Studies organises the Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture in early modern History. The lecture commemorates Professor Joyce Youings, formerly head of History at Exeter, the first female professor at the institution, and a distinguished historian of early modern Britain, who died in 2011. The lecture is an annual event, and is generously funded by Professor Youing’s nephew, Mr Peter Youings.”

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