Hope and Fear at Crossbones Graveyard
The dialogue is now sold out, but the vigil (complete with an anthropologist's intervention) is open to all. It starts at 7:00 pm at the Crossbones Memorial Gates in Redcross Way SE1. No need to book -- just turn up.
Dialogue: A Ritualist and a Researcher on Hope and Fear at Crossbones Graveyard
Hope and Fear at Crossbones Graveyard will be a dynamic public presentation about and within the ritual conducted at Crossbones, a former burial ground for paupers and sex workers. Based on a dialogue between John Constable, author of The Southwark Mysteries and activist for reclaiming Crossbones as a garden of remembrance for outcasts, and Professor Sondra Hausner, author of The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard, this conversation between a ritualist and a researcher will expand into a full-blown shamanistic performance.
The event will take the form of a dialogue of that name (including a question and answer discussion period) between John Constable and Sondra Hausner. The event will be followed by a ritual performance (7pm-8.30pm - no booking required) at the Crossbones Graveyard itself, following a recognised pattern of ritual acts and narratives, led by Constable, but with the addition of a decisive intervention on the part of Hausner, who will offer a brief public comment on the meaning of ritual and the way history is told to allay the fears and pains of the past, in order to create hope in the present.
This event is part of the Being Human festival - the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our events. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-first- served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.