Guest lecture – “Witchcraft, magic and demonic possession in early modern Ireland” by Dr Andrew Sneddon (UU) (60.6)

Hi everyone!

This Thursday (4th) at 7 we are delighted to present Dr Andrew Sneddon
from University of Ulster (Coleraine), speaking on “Witchcraft, magic
and demonic possession in early modern Ireland”. The talk is on in the
Siobhan McKenna theatre (Arts Millennium building) and there will be
an informal q+a session over refreshments afterwards.

Dr Andrew Sneddon received his BA in History and Literature from the
University of Hertfordshire and his M.Litt from University of St
Andrews, with a dissertation on early modern, English sceptical
witchcraft theorists. His PhD was awarded by Lancaster University for
a thesis on witchcraft sceptic, ‘improver’, and religious
controversialist, Bishop Francis Hutchinson (1660-1739). Towards the
end of this research (and shortly after it finished), he taught early
modern history and study skills at the University of Glasgow.Dr
Sneddon then became archivist at the Public Record Office of Northern
Ireland (PRONI), before being appointed Research Fellow on the
Leverhulme Trust funded, Irish Legislation Project, at Queen’s
University, Belfast, under the direction of Professor David Hayton and
Professor James Kelly. This project designed and constructed an
internet-based database containing details of all the legislation
(over 4000 items) initiated in the Irish parliament between 1692 and
1800 (see: In 2007, Dr Sneddon was
appointed Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s
University, Belfast, to work on a study of eighteenth-century
institutional medicine. He joined the history department of the
University of Ulster, Coleraine in 2008


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