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‘Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble’: Witches, Magic and Demons @TheJohnRylands

I have been blogging quite a lot lately about witches and magic books. I wrote on the Renaissance magician John Dee in ‘It’s a kind of Magic’ and offered some critical thoughts on ‘Sexualising the Witch’ in response to recent … Continue reading

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Session Speakers and Abstracts

* Click on the arrows to expand author biographies and abstracts of papers. 1. Marita Arvaniti (University of Glasgow) Marita Arvaniti is a PhD student in the University of Glasgow. Her research examines the lasting effect theatre has had in … Continue reading

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Keynotes and Activities

* Click on the title in blue of the talk to expand and get a full summary. Dr Merrick Burrow (Curator of forthcoming Cottingley Fairies exhibition; Head of English, University of Huddersfield) The Cottingley Fairies: Conan Doyle’s war on materialism … Continue reading

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Gothic Hybridity: the Nature of Demons

Hybridity is something that I have always found interesting to explore in relation to the gothic. I’ve blogged about fairy tale hybridity in relation to Beauty and the Beast and commented on the Wellcome’s ‘Making Nature’ exhibition on faux taxonomy and hybrid creatures as well as … Continue reading

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Why Are Witches So Popular?

The Guardian Newspaper has just featured an article entitled Coven Ready: from Instagram to TV:Why are Witches so Popular? It appears that there is a spate of new occult dramas about witches. A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’s novel about a … Continue reading

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Press Release: OGOM and Supernatural Cities to Host ‘The Urban Weird’, 6th-7th April

University of Hertfordshire to host ‘The Urban Weird’, a two-day programme of events on the theme of supernatural cities ‘The Urban Weird’ will take place at the University of Hertfordshire on the 6 and 7 April. The event will explore … Continue reading

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Session Speakers and Abstracts

* Click on the arrows to expand author biographies and abstracts of papers 1 Alison Baker (University of East London) Alison Baker is a senior lecturer in education at University of East London. She is writing her PhD thesis entitled … Continue reading

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Better the Devil You Know: Was the Devil Once Blue and an Angel?

I have always wondered how the devil came to be depicted as red with horns and cloven feet and I once heard that one of the first visual images of the devil depicts him as a blue angel. So did … Continue reading

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The Urban Weird Conference

Thanks to our wonderfully weird speakers and keynotes, OGOM and Supernatural Cities presents ‘The Urban Weird’ was extremely inspiring on the research front and probably the most fun it is possible to have at an academic conference! It seemed to have … Continue reading

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Urban Weird Conference News

I’m just announcing one or two changes to the line up for our forthcoming ultra exciting  ‘Urban Weird’ conference. We now have Dr Mikel Koven taking us on a filmic, folkloric, urban weird journey into witches through the ages, following … Continue reading

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