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Witch Hunts - visual talk by Max Dashu

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The Feminist Library

5 Westminster Bridge Road

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SE1 7XW

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Join us for a live visual presentation by Max Dashú on Witch Hunts and cultural legacies of misogynist persecution, her legendary visual talks bring to light female realities hidden from view. Don't miss this!

The talk will last for 90 minutes, with time afterwards for discussion and questions. Refreshments available. Tickets available online, and a limited number on the door.

The witch-hunting Terror was the crucible of modern “Western Civilization.” It had a profound impact on women’s freedom—speech, mobility, professions, bodies, sexuality. Yet witch hunts have become a metaphor without their own significance ever having been understood or digested. Women, the old, poor, disabled, queer, and ethnic minorities were targeted as “devil-worshippers.” (And some victims really were folk healers, midwives, and diviners—or bold and indominable women.) We’ll look at how the witch craze was escalated through torture-trials; who was persecuted; and the role of rulers, churchmen, doctors and professors in propagating misogynist persecution. How did witches’ bridles, sexualized torture, and racist diabolist ideology influence European culture, and get exported as tools of colonization? What are the legacies of this repression today? It’s crucial for us to understand this prehistory of modern patriarchy and empire, which still influences the dominant culture today.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research women’s history and heritages in global perspective. She has published two books, Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, and Deasophy Coloring Book, and the dvds Woman Shaman: the Ancients (2013) and Women’s Power in Global Perspective (2008).
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