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Professor Marion Gibson

Public engagement

The ‘Mysticism, Myth, Nationalism’ conference in July 2010 (organised by Shelley Trower, Garry Tregidga and myself) included a public exhibition of paintings, poems and artefacts (on campus and at the Cornwall Centre, Redruth) many of which were loaned by the National Trust; a creative writers’ event showcasing the work of a local arts publisher (Fal Publications) and featuring Penelope Shuttle and others; and several public lectures. I have also delivered public talks at the Cornwall Centre, Lowender Peran Festival, the Historical Association, the Du Maurier Festival, for U3A, the National Trust, the Pagan Federation and the London Geekfest. My work featured in an Impact Case Study prepared for the 2014 REF and was nominated for an Impact Award in 2013.

I tweet as @witchesetc.

Contribution to discipline

I have been an invited or keynote speaker at the following conferences: 'Narrating Witchcraft', Erfurt (2016), 'Hexerie und öffentlichkeit', Stuttgart (2015), 'Witches and demons', Tromsø (2015), Medieval and Early Modern Studies Association of Korea, Seoul (2011), ‘Witchcraft Act 1604’, Durham (2004), ‘Hatred’, Chicago (2000). In June I will be speaking at the ‘Narrating Witchcraft’ event (part of the ERC-funded ‘Lived Ancient Religion’ project) at the Max Weber Institute, Erfurt. Other papers: University of Wales, Swansea; the Strawberry Hill Conference; Wolfson College, Oxford; The Western Conference on British Studies, Denver, University of Sussex early modern seminar, Oxford Brookes speakers series, ‘Britain and the Sea’ conference, University of Plymouth,  ‘Green Man’ conference, Trinity College Dublin, ‘Neo-Victorian Villainy’, University of York, ‘Regionalism and Representation’, University of Warwick.

I was ‘rapporteur’ for the ESRC on a project to create the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft database (2003). I was on the editorial committee of the Pickering and Chatto series English Witchcraft 1560-1736 (2003). I review and/or read submissions regularly: for Women’s History Review, Preternature, Renaissance Quarterly, Seventeenth Century Journal, Folklore, Social History, National Identities, Early Modern Literary Studies, The Historian, the British Society for Literature and Science website, Supernatural Studies, Modern Language Review, Acta Borealia, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Gramarye etc and read proposals and completed books for Routledge, Yale University Press, Boydell and Brewer, Continuum, Ashgate and other publishers.

I was Editor of the European Journal of American Culture until December 2009, and am on the editorial board of Revenant, a new peer-reviewed e-journal of supernatural studies. I organised the Mysticism, Myth, Nationalism conference in 2010 (see above).



I have appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Drive show, BBC TV Spotlight South West, Radio Devon, Radio Cornwall, Radio Scotland, Three Counties Radio, ABC Australian radio’s ‘Late Night Live’, BBC Radio 4’s series ‘Through the Courts’ with Clive Anderson, the BBC World Service series ‘Exorcism’, Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters (Channel 4/National Geographic, autumn 2011), The King’s War on Witches (Channel 5/National Geographic, 2012), Radio 4’s Open Book with Mariella Frostrup and Patrick Gale (August 2013) and In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg (November 2015), and BBC1’s The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell (April 2016) . My work has also been featured in The Metro, The Telegraph, Archaeology, The Express and Echo, Evening Herald, Devon Life, The Western Morning News, Whitby Gazette etc. I am regularly consulted by media researchers – e.g. a Radio 4 radio drama about witches, Ursula and Boy (2010), C4’s documentary The Pendle Witch Child (2010), a BBC One Show report on an archaeological site in Cornwall (2011), and the BBC’s documentary series The Real White Queen and her Rivals presented by Philippa Gregory (2013). At present I’m assisting the editor of the Royal College of Physicians’ members magazine, Commentary, with writing an article on witchcraft. I've published two articles on witchcraft for The Conversation, to accompany the films The Witch and The Love Witch.