The Concept of Pagan Survivals Revisited - a seminar by Professor Ronald Hutton - Milton Keynes - Thursday 27th February 2020.

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A lunchtime seminar at The Open University by Professor Ronald Hutton from the University of Bristol, Thursday 27th February 2020.

The talk will begin at 1pm, and a vegetarian/vegan buffet lunch will be available from 12.30pm. If you have any dietary or other requirements, or any questions about the event, please email the organiser Jessica Hughes (

The seminar will take place in Seminar Room 4 in The Open University Library. Come into the main glass door entrance, and turn left to find the lift and stairs to the second floor.

This is a free event but spaces are limited, so please follow the link below to book your place via EventBrite.

Abstract: “Historians of medieval and early modern Europe have long agreed that there was no actual 'surviving' paganism for long after the conversion of a particular region to Christianity. They are less consensual with regard to whether it is appropriate to speak of 'pagan survivals', meaning elements of pagan culture preserved in Christian societies. This paper is designed to reconfigure the debate by pointing to some major figures which represent the supernatural feminine in the periods concerned, and which all seem to have developed during the Middle Ages or after. They cannot therefore be described simply as 'pagan survivals' and yet there is nothing Christian about them. The enquiry therefore asks whether a new terminology is needed.”

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