Suffer the Witch: Scottish witchcraft panics in the 1590s

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Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle's Court

Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket

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A half-day symposium seeking to explain & understand two episodes of Scottish witchcraft panics in the the 1590s.

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Suffer the Witch: Scottish witchcraft panics in the 1590s

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, thousands perished during the extraordinary outbreaks of panic over witchcraft in Scotland. Looking at two distinct episodes in the history of Scottish witchcraft panics (1590/1 & 1597), this half-day symposium seeks to explain and understand the explosive background of accusations and denunciations and looks at the pivotal role of King James VI as witch hunter and interrogator.

In addition to the historical background to these events, which saw the unusual and personal intervention of the king, we will explore contemporary understanding of cognitive psychologies to analyse the behaviour of those accused of witchcraft. Why where so many people denounced without evidence, and why were the accusers so readily believed?

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Professor Julian Goodare – University of Edinburgh; 'King James VI and the witchcraft panics'

Dr Louise Yeoman – BBC Radio Scotland; ‘David Seton and the witch conspiracy in Tranent’

Dr Fay Skelton – Edinburgh Napier University; ‘The Psychology of False Confession’

Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence, - University of Edinburgh; ‘The Map of Accused Witches’

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Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddle's Court

Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket

Edinburgh

EH1 2PD

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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