CURSING CONFERENCE – FULLY BOOKED – INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES

CURSING CONFERENCE – FULLY BOOKED – INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES

Cursing Conference 2017!

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic’s annual conference will take place at the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle on Saturday 6th May and Sunday 7th May.  This year’s theme is cursing and the conference is entitled ‘Poppets, Pins and Power:  The Craft of Cursing’.

Some parking is available outside the Wellington (for guests at the Hotel), other parking is at the pay-and-display car park near the Spar Shop (a thirty second drive away from the Wellington). 

Please bring your ticket with you.  We have a list of attendees so we can check your name if you have misplaced your ticket.  Please arrive in plenty of time to start at 9.50 am on Saturday.

Polite notice:  Do not expect to get a ticket on the door – the conference has proven so popular that we are FULLY BOOKED.  In the unlikely event that any tickets become available the Museum will contact you if you are on our waiting list.

Stalls

A number of stalls will be selling their wares at the conference, bring plenty of cash with you!

Stallholders:  you will be able to access the Wellington from 9am to set up.

Lunch/teas/coffee

Lunch is not provided.  Teas and coffees at the Break times are available (a small donation is asked).

Saturday’s talks will finish around 4.30 pm.  The Museum is open until 6pm and there is free entry for attendees of Conference.

Saturday Evening

Attendance of the evening event is included in the ticket price and is for ticket-holders only.  Simon Costin’s talk will start at 8pm, followed at 8.30pm by a bespoke performance by Folklore Tapes.

Sunday

Please arrive for 9.50 as before.

We close the conference at 2pm; again the Museum is open until 6pm if you wish to visit.

 

Overview of the Weekend:

Saturday 6 May

9.50 – 10.00 am

Introduction by MWM staff

10.00 – 10.30 am

Mogg Morgan ‘Apophis and the mother of all curses’

10.30 – 11.00 am

Demetrius Lacroix ‘Ekspedisyon, Dispatch, ak pelene:  The Art of Haitian Vodou Cursing’

11.00 – 11.30 am

Steve Patterson, The Strange Tale of a Discovery of a Curse in West Cornwall

 

11.30 -12.00

 

 

Break – tea and coffee

12.00 – 12.30 pm

Alexander Cummins ‘The Devil’s Bath – Curse-craft and Humoural Theory in Early Modern England’

12.30 – 1.00 pm

Camilla Schroeder, ‘Animalising the male and silencing the female: Cursing in Grimms’ Fairy Tales’

1.00 – 1.30 pm

Judith Noble, ‘Cecil Williamson and the Spider’s Web’

 

1.30 – 2.30 pm

 

 

LUNCH (not provided)

2.30 – 3.00 pm

Yvonne Knop, ‘“Marked by the Lord with a Darker Skin” – Curses and Racist Apologetics’

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Mireille Fauchon, ‘Blessed Land: Legacy and Loss within Lowestoft’s Narrative Landscape’

3.30 – 4.00 pm

Peter Hewitt, ‘A Field in Cornwall – the curse of Old Mother Ivey’

4.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Questions for speakers and close

4.30 pm – 6.00 pm

Museum open, free entry for conference attendees

8.00 – 8.30 pm

Simon Costin, ‘Poppets within popular culture and mass dissemination in film and TV’

8.30 – 9.30 pm

Performance by Folklore Tapes

Sunday 7 May

9.50 – 10.00 am

Introduction by MWM staff

10.00 – 10.30 am

Paula McBride ‘Cursing in the Early Modern Midlands’

10.30 – 11.00 am

Jesse Hathaway Diaz, ‘Cursing in Colonial Mexico’

11.00 – 11.30 am

James Riley, ‘Playback Hex:  William Burroughs and the Fall of the Moka Bar’

 

11.30 -12.00

 

 

Break – tea and coffee

12.00 – 12.30 pm

Jon Kaneko-James, ‘This is the Curse:  Licit Curses in Everyday Life During the Witch Trials’

12.30 – 1.00 pm

Jonathan Hughes, ‘Cursing and Ill Wishing: witchcraft, the illness of a King and the death of a Prince’

1.00 – 1.30 pm

Louise Fenton, ‘The Cultural Confusion between Witchcraft & Voodoo’

1.30 – 2.00 pm

Questions for speakers and close

 

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