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The Lie of the Land A short essay to accompany art exhibition "Dark Corners of the Land":Written in collaboration with Victor Noir

Tyler, Imogen (2012) The Lie of the Land A short essay to accompany art exhibition "Dark Corners of the Land":Written in collaboration with Victor Noir. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

In Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics, witch, activist and writer Starhawk, reminds us that ‘witch-hunts’ are not simply ‘in the past’, something that happened in another time, but are a form of violent subjugation which continues to shape and be practiced in the present. For Starhawk, and other feminist writers such as Silvia Federici (2004), ‘the wonderful discovery of witches’ (Thomas Potts, 1612) is intimately bound up with the epochal shift to capitalist societies, including the enclosure of land for capitalist exploitation and the subjugation of women and the poor. As we know from the range of publicity which surrounds us, 2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch trials. Everywhere, plays, art works, conferences and ‘witch-tourism’ remind of us these terrible events. Yet what are we doing when we ‘remember’ the murder of these women and men in Lancaster? Is there a risk that we are reworking this history in ways which ‘enclose’ and ‘capture’ it in the past? Does this reworking also capitalise on their deaths as forms of heritage and tourism to be consumed ‘for pleasure’ in the present?

Item Type: Other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 56138
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 14:15
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 03:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56138

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