Demons and Witches. The Impact of Demonology on European Witch Hunts

International Conference, Tromsø, September 2014, 11th – 13th

Final date for registration 25th August.
Registration fee 350,- NOK includes Conference and Lunch.
Dinners, museum and cable car are not included. For these activities there will be an additional cost.


  • Department of History and Religious Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
  • Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, , UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø


  • Prof. II Dr. Rita Voltmer, UiT / University of Trier
  • Prof. Dr. Liv Helene Willumsen, UiT

Chairs and Discussants

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Behringer
    (Germany, University of the Saarland, Professor in Early Modern History)
  • Prof. Dr. Stuart Clark
    (Wales, Swansea University, College of Arts and Humanities, Professor emeritus)


  • Dr. Peter Elmer
    (England, University of Exeter, History, Senior Research Fellow)
  • Prof. Dr. Marion Gibson
    (England, University of Exeter, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Magical Literatures)
  • Dr. Julian Goodare
    (Scotland, University of Edinburgh, School of History, Classics, and Archeology, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Reader)
  • Dr. Eilola Jari
    (Finland, University of Jycväskylä, Departement of History and Ethnology, Research Fellow)
  • Prof. Dr. Louise Kallestrup
    (Denmark, South Danish University, Assistant Professor for Early Modern Cultural History)
  • Dr. Georg Modestin
    (Switzerland, University of Fribourg, Medieval Institute, Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Alison Rowlands
    (England, University of Essex, Senior lecturer in European History)
  • Dr. Walter Rummel
    (Germany, Director of the State Archive Speyer, Rheinland-Pfalz)
  • Prof. Dr. James Sharpe
    (England, University of York, Professor in Early Modern History)
  • Dr. Maryse Simon
    (France, University of Strasbourg, Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Raisa Toivo
    (Finland, University of Tampere, School of Social Sciene and Humanities, History, the Center of Excellence in History, Re-thinking Finland 1400-2000, Research Fellow)


Thursday, 11 September 2014

13:00 Small Lunch, Coming together

14:00 Opening, Adress of Welcome

(Liv Helene Willumsen / Fredrik Fagertun)

Chair: Liv Helene Willumsen

  • 14:30 Rita Voltmer, The impact of demonology on the European Witch Hunts – Some Reflections
  • 15:30 George Modestin, The Metamorphoses of the Anti-Witchraft Treatise Errores Gazariorum (15th Century)

16:30                    Coffee break

  • 17:00 Walter Rummel, I confess that I have been ignorant. How the Formicarius and the Malleus Maleficarum changed the Universe of a Cleric and his Environment at the End of the 15th Century
  • 18:00 Maryse Simon,Nicolas Remy and the Lorraine Witch Hunt: The  Influence of a Demonologist Who Boasted About Sentencing 800 Witches to Death

20:00                    Dinner at the Fram Centre

Friday, 12 September 2014

Chair: Wolfgang Behringer

  • 10:00 Louise Kallestrup, Bad Boys and Wicked Women. Narratives of the Witch in Early Modern Denmark

11:00                    Coffee break

  • 11:30 Liv Helene Willumsen, The Finnmark Witchcraft Trials: Ideas about Witches' Gatherings


12:30          Small Lunch

Chair: Stuart Clark

  • 14:00 Raisa Maria Toivo, What did a Witch-hunter in Finland Know About Demonology? The case of Nils Psilander in Ahvenanmaa in Finnish and European Contexts
  • 15:00 Jari Eilola, Interpretating Children's Blåkulla Stories(1675)

16:00                    Coffee break

  • 16:30 Alison Rowlands, When will the burning start here? Demonological Texts, judicial Procedure, and the Spread of Ideas About Witchcraft in Early Modern Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
  • 17:30 Marion Gibson, French Demonology in an English Village: the St. Osyth Experiment of 1582

18:30 Transfer to the Polar Museum

19:00 Guided Tour in the Polar Museum

20:00 Dinner at the Fjellheisen restaurant (via Cable Car)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chair: Rita Voltmer

  • 9:00  Julian Goodare, Scottish Demonology and Witches' Flight
  • 10:00 James Sharpe, Towards a 'Popular Demonic': Demonology and English Witch Trial Pamphlets

11:00                    Coffee break

  • 11:30 Peter Elmer, The Devill is the Name of a Body Politick: Thinking with (Political) Demons in Early Modern Europe

12:30 Round Table (Discussant: Wolfgang Behringer)

13:30                    Small lunch


Final date for registration 25th August.
Registration fee 350,- NOK includes Conference and Lunch.
Dinners, museum and cable car are not included. For these activities there will be an additional cost.

Starts: 11.09.14 at 13.00
Ends: 13.09.14 at 13.30
Where: Aud. Nedre lysthus
Location / Campus: Tromsø
Target group: All
Responsible: Tore Børseth Bentz

Deadline: 25.08.2014
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