VIDEO: Witches topic of talk series

Gazette: Dr Alison Rowlands prepares for her talks at Firstsite. Dr Alison Rowlands prepares for her talks at Firstsite.

WITCHES are the topic of a series of talks by a historian in Colchester.

Dr Alison Rowlands, head of history at Essex University, will look at what makes a witch and how perceptions have changed over the centuries.

The talks, which begin at Firstsite next week, will examine witches from the 15th century right up to Harry Potter.

Dr Rowlands talks about witches in this video:

There are three talks in the series:

  • Thursday May 2 - The 'Witch' in History: European Witch-Hunts of the 15th to 18th Century.
  • Thursday June 6 - Modern-Day 'Witches' in the Western World from Neo-Pagans to Harry Potter.
  • Thursday July 4 - Witch-Hunts: from McCarthyism to the Case of Kristy Bamu.

All talks start at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 or £3 concessions. Booking is advised.

For more information visit the event website.

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1:38pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Boris says...

Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.
Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene. Boris
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2:21pm Thu 25 Apr 13

6079 Smith W says...

Boris wrote:
Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.
Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.[/p][/quote]Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not. 6079 Smith W
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6:34pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Boris says...

6079 Smith W wrote:
Boris wrote:
Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.
Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.
If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher.
[quote][p][bold]6079 Smith W[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.[/p][/quote]Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.[/p][/quote]If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher. Boris
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6:57pm Thu 25 Apr 13

6079 Smith W says...

Boris wrote:
6079 Smith W wrote:
Boris wrote:
Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.
Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.
If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher.
I think it's quite impressive, Alison's range of interests. She has also been writing a history of women's football (she is a coach for a Colchester women's football team, and a big Leeds fan - don't mention that game at Layer Road!). I suspect she'd actually agree about the old witch you mention, but being that I'm also being employed in a capacity where we've been told to be careful what we say about the 'evil doer', I must appreciate her need to employ caution.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]6079 Smith W[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.[/p][/quote]Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.[/p][/quote]If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher.[/p][/quote]I think it's quite impressive, Alison's range of interests. She has also been writing a history of women's football (she is a coach for a Colchester women's football team, and a big Leeds fan - don't mention that game at Layer Road!). I suspect she'd actually agree about the old witch you mention, but being that I'm also being employed in a capacity where we've been told to be careful what we say about the 'evil doer', I must appreciate her need to employ caution. 6079 Smith W
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11:09pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Boris says...

6079 Smith W wrote:
Boris wrote:
6079 Smith W wrote:
Boris wrote:
Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.
Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.
If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher.
I think it's quite impressive, Alison's range of interests. She has also been writing a history of women's football (she is a coach for a Colchester women's football team, and a big Leeds fan - don't mention that game at Layer Road!). I suspect she'd actually agree about the old witch you mention, but being that I'm also being employed in a capacity where we've been told to be careful what we say about the 'evil doer', I must appreciate her need to employ caution.
Yes, I know the feeling. When I was at work, more than once I had to bite my lip listening to my superiors referring to brutal dictators such as Tachito Somoza as "fine Christian gentlemen".
The beauty of being retired is that at last you can speak your mind freely.
The Colchester area seems to be infested with Leeds Utd fans - I know several, including one who wrote a book about the club and won an award, and another who was Dick Graham's chiropodist and described him as a lovely man, despite having masterminded her team's humiliation.
[quote][p][bold]6079 Smith W[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]6079 Smith W[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the lecture on June 6th will include the late Leaderene.[/p][/quote]Alison tends to specialise in early modern German history, rather than the 70s and 80s, so probably not.[/p][/quote]If she can cover Joseph McCarthy and Harry Potter, she can surely cover Mrs Thatcher.[/p][/quote]I think it's quite impressive, Alison's range of interests. She has also been writing a history of women's football (she is a coach for a Colchester women's football team, and a big Leeds fan - don't mention that game at Layer Road!). I suspect she'd actually agree about the old witch you mention, but being that I'm also being employed in a capacity where we've been told to be careful what we say about the 'evil doer', I must appreciate her need to employ caution.[/p][/quote]Yes, I know the feeling. When I was at work, more than once I had to bite my lip listening to my superiors referring to brutal dictators such as Tachito Somoza as "fine Christian gentlemen". The beauty of being retired is that at last you can speak your mind freely. The Colchester area seems to be infested with Leeds Utd fans - I know several, including one who wrote a book about the club and won an award, and another who was Dick Graham's chiropodist and described him as a lovely man, despite having masterminded her team's humiliation. Boris
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4:56pm Fri 26 Apr 13

6079 Smith W says...

Strangely enough, I probably had far more freedom of expression in my old, poverty waged, public sector job, than I do now. Understandably, we need to be careful about bringing the organisation into disrepute, though a big cheer went round the office when we heard the old witch had finally gone downstairs.

Yes, Anthony's a good chap, I know your grandson is friends with his daughter.
Strangely enough, I probably had far more freedom of expression in my old, poverty waged, public sector job, than I do now. Understandably, we need to be careful about bringing the organisation into disrepute, though a big cheer went round the office when we heard the old witch had finally gone downstairs. Yes, Anthony's a good chap, I know your grandson is friends with his daughter. 6079 Smith W
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