Beyond the Sabbath (16 September 2022)




Opening: 9:30


Opening Remarks

Domizia Weber, Daniele Santarelli and Luca Al Sabbagh

Keynote speech

Martine Ostorero

(University of Lausanne)

Danzando nella foresta di notte:

la creazione del Mostro e del controllo sui corpi

Giulia Paganelli

(Independent Scholar)

Break:  11:00 – 11:15


Le pratiche magico-diaboliche a Melfi in età moderna

Francesca Vera Romano

(Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”)

When Delation Was a Proof. An Immersion in the Database of the
Denunciations of the Waldensian Witch Trials of the 15th Century

Gwendolin Ortega

(University of Lausanne)

La riflessione sulle streghe del teologo-inquisitore Bartolomeo Spina di Pisa

Giulia Lovison

(Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)

Lunch:  12:45 – 14:15


Witch Hunts in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 17th century –
Stereotypes, Sexual Behavior and Medicine. The case of Jan
Stanisław Sapieha

Alexandra Ziober

(University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Children in Witchcraft Trials in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Stereotype of the Witness and the Accused

Marius Sawicky

(Institute of History at the University of Opole in Poland)

Break:  15:15 – 15:30

Streghe, bambine guaritrici e ‘affettata santità’ in diocesi di Lucca

Tommaso Maria Rossi

(Archivio Storico Diocesano di Lucca)

Witches or Healers?

Enslaved African and Amazigh Women in the Canary Islands (16th -18th centuries)

Claudia Geremia

(University of Florence and Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

Round Table: 16:30

Matteo Duni (Syracuse University) (Coordinator)

Martine Ostorero (University of Lausanne)

Giovanni Romeo (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

Tamar Herzig (Tel Aviv University)

The antisocial character of witches has always been perceived as a danger to the established order. While the conventional stereotypes associated with witches have now been questioned and—to some extent—recalibrated, a constant factor that persists is the degree to which the “fama di strega” has played a fundamental role in prosecutorial processes. The aim of this conference is to reassess the broad assumption that social and cultural categories associated with individuals accused of witchcraft in early modern Europe are subject to conflicting perspectives. A crucial point of departure is to address, in light of new archival documentation, the ongoing debate between common perceptions (and misconceptions) and extant historical evidence. The organizers—Domizia Weber, Daniele Santarelli and Luca Al Sabbagh—invite proposals for twenty-minute unpublished papers in English or Italian. Ideal papers will interpret in a new and critical way the phenomenon of witch hunts, with particular emphasis on issues related to infamy, scapegoating, ignominy, violence, sexual behavior, sabbaths, legal proceedings, beliefs, folklore, hallucinations, therapeutic magic, medicine, and gender discrimination.