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Margaret Murray and Modern Witchcraft


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A London Fortean Society event.

For the last 20 years or more, modern Witches have been involved in a project of historical revisionism. They've rejected the claims made by Margaret Murray, and borrowed by Gerald Gardner, that modern Witchcraft is a direct continuation from an archaic pan-European fertility cult. Instead, they follow the arguments of historians that Murray's work was heavily flawed; for some her work provides a valuable foundation myth, while others prefer to reject it altogether in search of more realist histories.

However, Murray's arguments are also intricately woven into histories and practices of modern Witchcraft, and continue to be interpreted as histories of Witchcraft are rewritten and shaped over time.

Anthropologist Dr Helen Cornish of Goldsmiths College shows how responses to Murray's work since the turn of the millennium help us consider what counts as history (good, bad, speculative or otherwise) as well contemporary Witchcraft.
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When
  • 8pm
  • 5 / 2 concessions when booked in advance
Where

The Miller
96 Snowsfields, London, SE1 3SS
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