De heks als protest | Talk door o.a. religiewetenschapper Arjan Sterken
De heks als protest | Talk door o.a. religiewetenschapper Arjan Sterken

The Witch As a Form of Protest

Thursday 31 October 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Halloween Lecture | Radboud Reflects and VOX

The witch is back! This time not as an oppressed woman burned at the stake, but as a title to be proud of and a symbol of resistance against patriarchal society. Come listen to religious scholar Arjan Sterken and theologian Grietje Dresen and learn all about how the witch has become a sign of protest.

Counter-narrative

At a time when old symbols are taking on new meanings, the figure of the witch offers a fascinating glimpse into the transformation of societal conceptions of power and gender. This modern view of the witch offers a counter-narrative to old stereotypes and oppressive norms.

Modern meaning

This reinterpretation and embrace of the witch shows us how our interpretation of figures from folklore and mythology changes over time. The modern view of the witch as a figure of strength and autonomy underlines a different point of view, away from old stereotypes and oppressive norms. She thus takes on a renewed modern meaning, not only as a sign of resistance but also as a plea for a deeper connection to nature and equality between genders.

After his talk, Arjan Sterken will engage in a conversation with theologian and feminism expert Grietje Dresen about how the witch has become a symbol of protest.

About the speakers

Arjan Sterken teaches Comparative Religious Studies at Radboud University. His research focuses on the supernatural, which forms a fertile ground onto which many cultures across time and space have projected their fears and desires. Arjan is concerned with this process, the process of Othering, within mythology and folklore, and primarily within India and the Germanic area.

Arjan helped make the Dutch horror film Witte wieven possible through his research. Watch the trailer.

Read on Radboud Recharge: Horror film on folkore: 'There are not many religious studies scholars collaborating on films'

Also listen to the podcast: In a Nutshell, ep. 1: Meaningful Monsters with Arjan Sterken

Grietje Dresen is a theologian and conducted research on feminism and religion at Radboud University.

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When
Thursday 31 October 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Speakers
A.W. Sterken (Arjan), Theologian Grietje Dresen
Organisation
Radboud Reflects, Vox