Sensing Materiality in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

Cornish, Helen. 2022. Sensing Materiality in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. The Pomegranate: the International Journal of Pagan Studies, 23(1-2), pp. 10-33. ISSN 1528-0268 [Article]

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It might be expected that practitioners of contemporary magico-religious traditions consider they have a special relationship with the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall. In this ethnographic article I examine how visiting practitioners in search of familiarity and authority approach the collection in a sensory and emotional manner that generates dialogic relationships between people, places, and things. While much museological debate acknowledges dynamic relationships between people and things, for contemporary witches these objects are literally alive in an inspirited world. This has a bearing on how they apprehend the museum as a space for multiple forms of engagement.

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Museums; magical consciousness; senses; contemporary witchcraft; historicity

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11 November 2021Accepted
6 April 2022Published

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15 Jul 2022 09:52

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06 Apr 2024 01:26

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