Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Early researchers conference

This years early researchers conference is taking place on Wednesday 13th June and the School of Art and Design has 5 speakers, including Dr Louise Fenton. 

Her talk is titled 'Cultural Hybrids: Tales of Voodoo and Witchcraft in Jamaica and Salem'. Her research examines the merging of Voodoo and Witchcraft in the stories that permeate Jamaica and Salem. There is an examination of Annie Palmer in Jamaica who was known as the White Witch of Rose Hall, literary representations created an image of a wicked slave mistress, a Voodoo practitioner who was known as a witch. The Great House is open as a tourist attraction and guides perpetuate the stories of Annie Palmer and her murderous past. In Salem the Witch Trials form a major part of the history of the town and the numerous museums attest to this period attracting large numbers of tourists every year. The witches were accused based on the words of a few children who listened to the tales of a Voodoo slave. This research questions the complexity of the representations and the confusions that they cause, it examines the difference between myth and reality.

"It would be great to see students and alumni attending my talk. I'm speaking at 2.30pm in MI001 and all are welcome" says Louise 

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