Title

Depictions of Witchcraft: Stereotypes vs. Reality

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Dr. Kathy Callahan

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This poster seeks to examine the visual representation of witchcraft through various forms of early modern European media. It will compare the visual depictions of witches and witchcraft with the actual women who were accused. The comparisons will revolve around the stereotypes of witches versus the actualities of the women accused of witchcraft. This will serve to illustrate how the underlying misogyny fueled the witch hunts and mass panics. The visual representations of witches reflect many of the demographics of women who were actually accused. However, these representations are often gross exaggerations meant to invoke fear from the people. In many aspects, these exaggerations are not commonly found in the actual cases of witchcraft in Europe.

Location

Cumberland Room, Curris Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

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Depictions of Witchcraft: Stereotypes vs. Reality

Cumberland Room, Curris Center

This poster seeks to examine the visual representation of witchcraft through various forms of early modern European media. It will compare the visual depictions of witches and witchcraft with the actual women who were accused. The comparisons will revolve around the stereotypes of witches versus the actualities of the women accused of witchcraft. This will serve to illustrate how the underlying misogyny fueled the witch hunts and mass panics. The visual representations of witches reflect many of the demographics of women who were actually accused. However, these representations are often gross exaggerations meant to invoke fear from the people. In many aspects, these exaggerations are not commonly found in the actual cases of witchcraft in Europe.