Conference: Poppets, Pins, and Power

What: Poppets, Pins, and Powers
Where: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Cornwall England
When: May 6, 2017

Readers of this blog may be interested in a conference taking place in 2017 at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, in Cornwall England. The conference is part of their exhibition on cursing, and they are seeking paper proposals at this time. The deadline to submit an abstract is October 1, 2016.

From the organizers:

In 2017, the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic’s exhibition will be “Poppets, pins and power:The Craft of Cursing”.  It will run from April 1st until January 2018.  Curated by Dr Louise Fenton of the University of Wolverhampton, this exhibition will primarily focus on the poppets in the Museum’s collection as well as exploring image magic in different cultures.   A conference to accompany and augment the exhibition will take place on Saturday May 6th 2017 in Boscastle, Cornwall.

Papers could address the following topics (but these are not restrictive):

  • Material culture: examples of image magic such as dolls, photos, wax or clay representations and the stories/processes/methods surrounding them
  • Poppets: to harm or to heal
  • Accounts of cursing: historical, contemporary
  • Cursed objects
  • Cursing in contemporary witchcraft/Pagan practice
  • Cursed places
  • Protection from cursing/counter magic
  • Curses in the witchcraft trial records or in historical documents
  • Voodoo and cursing in different cultures
  • Cursing in the media: film, fiction, poems, art etc.

Abstracts for the attention of Peter Hewitt,

Please visit the conference website for more details!