Heresy to Witchcraft: Politics and the Creation of the Witch as an anti-social outsider – Deborah Hyde


When:  Thursday, April 21st 2016, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

946151_934486896637426_1658153012147983915_nWitchcraft became big news in the 16th and 17th centuries. Torrents of learned discussion turned to action, and the corpses piled high. But where did the legal infrastructure for such a mass persecution arise? Had this power already been tested and used? Deborah will discuss totalitarianism, paranoia and yearnings for empire in the making of a very bloody delusion.

Deborah has been writing about the supernatural for nearly two decades. She blogs on ‘Superstition, Religion and Being Human’ as ‘Jourdemayne’ but often suffers from mission creep. She’s also Editor-in-Chief of the Skeptic Magazine. Her daytime, grown-up job is a makeup effects coordinator in the film industry.

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