[H-verkko] Turku, Tucemems, vierailuluento: Living with Ghosts:Europe’s Haunted History in the Later Middle Ages

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Tucemems, vierailuluento: Living with Ghosts:Europe’s Haunted History
in the Later Middle Ages 
Turku 23.04.2012 klo 16:00

Kathryn Edwards (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies / University
of South Carolina: Living with Ghosts:Europe’s Haunted History in the
Later Middle Ages 

Location: Lecture hall II, University of Turku, main building,

Frequently when scholars discuss later medieval Europe, they see it
as tumultuous time encompassing the Black Death, frequent wars, the
triumph of death, and religious hysteria, all culminated by the
challenges to traditional society, culture, and faith embodied in the
Renaissance and Reformations.  European folklore from the fourteenth
to the sixteenth century, particularly European belief in ghosts,
tells a much more complicated and intriguing story.  Not alive nor
quite dead, potentially angelic or demonic, and simultaneously
natural and supernatural, throughout this time ghosts danced in
village churchyards, testified in legal cases, cared for newborns,
and disturbed demonologists.  Beliefs about ghosts and their
activities reveal a more stable and adaptable world that that
typically portrayed, one in which the living and the dead provided
mutual support.

In this presentation, Professor Kathryn A. Edwards of the Helsinki
Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) and the University of South
Carolina (USA) will describe the culture of death where ghosts
flourished in late medieval Europe.  She will challenge some
stereotypical assumptions about the cultural effects of the Black
Death and the abandonment of the dead by religious reformers.  She
will also tell some late medieval ghost stories!

Kathryn A. Edwards received her PhD from the University of
California, Berkeley, and is currently a Pierre Marie Curie Fellow at
the HCAS and a Professor of History at the University of South
Carolina.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for
the Humanities (USA) and American Historical Association, among other
agencies, and has written three books, the most recent of which
translates a 17th-century account of a French haunting into English. 
While in Helsinki she is writing her next book, Living with Ghosts:
The Dead in European Society from the Black Death to the



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