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What conditions create witch hunts?
Dr. Mikki BrockDr. Mikki BrockHD, subtitles, Q&A54m
Witch hunting is, by and large, a thing of the past, yet we remain captivated by the concept. What drives this fascination, and why are we still talking about witch hunts today?
Witch hunting is, by and large, a thing of the past, yet its legacy and lexicon still haunts us to this day. Why, in the modern world, is this reference so persistent?

We've invited Dr. Mikki Brock – professor of demonology, witchcraft and Scottish history –to The Garden to explore witch hunts both real and rhetorical. Why are we still so fascinated by witches and the supernatural? What lessons can we learn from early-modern witch hunting? And how do people in positions of authority use language of witch hunts to evoke feelings of persecution and ultimately reinforce their power?

Mikki has always been fascinated by supernatural ideas and has spent her career investigating how they manifest in society and culture. She will be joining us live to deliver a spell-binding insight into the witch hunt and what it can teach us about modern and ancient persecution.

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Persecution

Throughout history, humans have found ways to oppress and malign those they feel they're in opposition to, whether because of ethnicity or beliefs. In this collection, we're exploring the legacy of persecutions past, and why they're such a recurring theme.

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Was there a particular branch of Christianity that was more likely to be involved in witch hunts? If so, why? 
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Why did the witch hunts slow down over time in Europe?
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I loved this talk. Mikki is so cool! Would love to hear more from her and on the topic of demonology. Audrey
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