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British Academy Lecture – The Witch: A History of Fear

Ronald Hutton Interviewed by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Thursday, 22 March 2018

12:00pm

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Sheldonian Theatre

£8 - £20

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Leading authority on witchcraft and ancient, medieval and modern paganism Professor Ronald Hutton looks at why societies across the world have feared witchcraft and how that fear can be eradicated.

Hutton says that while the witch came to prominence in early modern Europe, its origins can be traced back to the ancient world. In his landmark book on the subject, he examines attitudes to and treatment of witches across the world including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Hutton is professor of history at the University of Bristol. Here he talks to Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the world’s leading historians of the Church and author of the award-winning A History of Christianity and presenter of its associated six-part BBC series.

The British Academy lecture is the centrepiece of a series of events at the festival featuring academy fellows.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Critchleys Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd