free girls in human historical past (Mulhouse)


Tuesday, 11/29

5:30 p.m. Departure by bus
Departure point: Carrefour McDonald’s, Campus Illberg, 1 Rue Léo Lagrange, 68200 Mulhouse

Premiere: SAMĀ the exiled light by Pierre Thilloy (artists of Grrranit, national scene)

Complete work: theatre, Sufi dance and East-West music, an enchanting and treacherous work adapted from the verses of Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmi and Paul Claudel, a complete show of exaltation, a trance… and more.
Venue: Maison du Peuple de Belfort (1, place de la Résistance, 90000 Belfort) Making of:

Wednesday, November 30th

8:30 am Welcoming the participants
9:00 a.m. Opening of the colloquium by the President of the UHA and the political authorities
9.20 a.m. Delphine Mann (General Secretary Eurodistrict/Region Freiburg Central and Southern Alsace), Once upon a time there were poor witches…

09:50 – 11:05 Session 1: Historical Perspective

Emmanuel Nal (UHA), When the Philosopher Addresses the Witch: Diotima, a Mysterious Initiator of Love in Plato’s Banquet
Myriam Chopin-Faron (UHA), Bad women, bad girls! Are the witches of the Middle Ages those fighters who will overthrow the world order?

Juliette Lancel (Institute for Humanities in Medicine, Lausanne), Dreams of witches. Controversies about dreams and magic in modern France

11:05 – 11:20 am Coffee break

11:20 – 12:55 Session 2: Literary Perspective

Laurent Angard (UHA), Poor witches in Dumas or the art of enchanting the reader
Bénédicte Élie (UHA), The Witch and the Angel: Remarks on a Hugolian Couple
Pierre Girardey (Franche-Comté University), Emerentia 1713: The witch child as a representation of poetic enchantment
Emmy Lapointe (Laval University), Portrait of the young girl on fire: out of sight

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
2.30 pm Screening of Pablo Agüero’s film Les Sorcières d’Akelarre followed by a discussion with the director

5.30pm Enchanting Conference at the Learning Center

Cécile Merckel (University of Strasbourg) & Co, Incantations and Harmony of the World: Witches and Music from Antiquity to the Present, from Medea to Rita Mitsouko

7:30pm Cocktail Dinner

Thursday December 1st

8:45 am Welcoming the participants

09:00 – 10:15 Session 3: Witches and Representations

Monika Malinowska (University of Warsaw), The Depiction of the Woman/Witch in Czarownica powołana/Slandered Witch (1639)
Estrella Gregori Algarra (Valencia Polytechnic University), Woman and witch, a mortal union versus man and sorcerer, a prestigious report

Lisa Gardin (University of Luxembourg), Transforming the image of the witch from malevolent devil worshiper to (neo-)pagan ritualist

10:15 – 10:30 am coffee break

10:30 – 11:45 Session 4: Literary Perspective II

Mustapha Lakhlif (Hassan II University of Casablanca), witches, poisoners and hysterics or the demonized construction of the image of women in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses
Loubna Nadim (University of Granada), The construction of the distorted figure of the evil witch Aicha Kandicha in Moroccan mythology

Gëzim Puka and Dhurata Hoxha (University of Shkoder Luigj Gurakuqi), Mythical Traces of Witches in Pieces of Albanian Literature

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m. Session 5: Witches and Religion

Marie-Noëlle Faure (Lycée Henri IV, Paris), A murderous obsession: the witch, Christianity’s gravedigger
Laurent Berec (UHA), Two examples of moderation in the age of witches: the Huguenot Claude de Sainliens (ca. 1535-1597) and the Jesuit John Gerard (1564-1637)

Claudia Reyes (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), The witch hunt, the origin of violence against women in Mexico?

2:45-3:00 p.m. Coffee break

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Session 6: Between Travel and Exile

Juan Manuel Sanchez Diosdado (University of Cadiz), From Maraboutism to the Practices of Moroccan Harems: Rituals and Beliefs in the Accounts of French Travelers
Laura Carvigan-Cassin (University of the Antilles), The Heterotopian Perspectives of Tituba, Witch of Salem

Céline Weck (UHA), Helga M. Novak, witch in exile

16:15 – 17:10 Session 7: Reactivation of the Myth

Audrey Da Rocha (University of Tübingen), resistance fighters, guerrillas, witches? Free women in Will come the time of fire by Wendy Delorme
Lucie Pouclet (University of Lyon 2), The reactivation of the myth of the witch in the age of social networks. Staging of magical practices and witch-like aesthetics

5:10 pm Closing of the symposium

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