Supernatural Spaces in the Early Modern World

Between 19 and 20 May 2016, an array of international scholars met for a symposium at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester.

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The event was organised by Dr Jenny Spinks and Dr Sasha Handley, with funding from the AHRC and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.

The aim was to explore how physical and perceptual environments and spaces shaped the emotional, intellectual, social, and cultural dynamics of supernatural encounters.

Papers at the workshop ranged across a variety of topics, from the origins of the witches' Sabbath in remote locales; supernatural events in domestic environments; dreamscapes as spaces where supernatural events could unfold; and the importance of medical discourse in shaping experiences of the supernatural.

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For more detailed information about the symposium and workshops, download a PDF of the full programme:

Related events:

  • Public Lecture: Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol), ‘The Western Magical Tradition’, Chetham’s Library, Manchester (18 May 2016)
  • Public Lecture: Charles Zika (Melbourne, Australia,) ‘The History of Emotions as a Window on the Past: Early Modern Witches and their Dances’, Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre, The University of Manchester (14 April 2015)