Posted by Sid Rodrigues on July 10, 2014
Vampire, Werewolves and Witches: a skeptical inquiry into the myth and the reality
Saturday 18th October 2014
Centre for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall Ethical Society present
Vampire, Werewolves and Witches: the myth and the reality regarding some of the most horrific creatures imaginable
The modern vampire is suave debonair and sexy instead of pestilence ridden and undead. What does this drastic modern re-interpretation say about the culture of the twenty-first century audience? The werewolf is a common horror motif but what happened when people were accused of “lycanthropy” in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and who was worse man or beast? Why and how are people still accused, abused and murdered in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries as witches.
Presented by Steven Law
£10 (£5 students, Members of Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association). Free to friends of CFI UK
25 Red Lion Square
10:30 registration. 11:00 – 15:45
11.00 Jessica Monteith on Vampires. The Modern Vampire: Suave and Debonair as we’ve never seen him before. Vampire in film and television have evolved from the undead, pestilence ridden revenants of the medieval and renaissance eras, into handsome playboy figures. Why has there been such a drastic re-interpretation of the vampire, and what does it say about the twenty-first century audience that this new ‘modern’ vampire has permeated popular culture?
12.00 Deborah Hyde on Werewolves. The werewolf is a common horror motif, but what did people during the witch-hunt of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe really mean when they accused someone of ‘lycanthropy’? A discussion including films, history and analysis, during which we will found out who is worse – man or beast. Deborah writes, lectures internationally and appears on broadcast media to discuss superstition, religion and belief in the supernatural. She is currently writing a book ‘Unnatural Predators’.
1.45 Owen Davies on Witches. The persecution of witches in Europe and America – after the witch trials. Professor Owen Davies, University of Hertfordshire, has written widely on the social history of witchcraft, magic, ghosts, and popular medicine. In this talk he will explore why and how thousands of people, mostly women, were abused and murdered as witches in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
CFI UK reserves the right to change the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.