24. September 2019 –
Witches: Female self-determination and its oppression
A talk by Bettina Semmer
No other human tragedy has been targeted so directly against women, or so focused on their destruction, as the witch hunt. Jules Michelet describes the witch hunt that began in the late Middle Ages and continued into 18th century as "the time of despair". Who were these women? Healers, wise women, drug mixers, midwives? Followers of a cult of the goddess, or the devil? Wild, independent creatures who convened at pagan festivals in the night-time hours and took mysterious trips on magic ointment applied by broomstick?
The evening will provide some answers to these questions, drawing on literature from feminist, historical and anthropological research. In the decades since she contributed to the Ethnological Museum Hamburg’s Witches in Europe exhibition as a student, the artist Bettina Semmer has been investigating islands of female of autonomy that have resisted the patriarchy, the legacy of shamanic rituals, and the effects of certain plants.
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