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UK to host international werewolf conference

By T.K. Randall
August 22, 2015 · Comment icon 11 comments

The conference should appeal to werewolf enthusiasts. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Angell Williams
Lycanthropy experts from around the world will descend on the University of Hertfordshire next month.
The unique three-day event could have easily been mistaken for any other academic gathering if it weren't for the fact that the subject being discussed happens to be werewolves.

Starting on September 3rd, just four days after the next full moon, the event will host a series of talks pertaining to the history of werewolves and their continued influence on modern culture.

There will even be an opportunity for visitors to encounter some real-life wolves as well as a chance to check out the Berkhamsted churchyard where the remains of 'Peter the Wildboy' reside.
"People have been fascinated by human-to-wolf transformations down the years, especially in film," said conference convener Dr Sam George. "Many remember Lon Chaney in Wolf Man or the cult classic An American Werewolf in London, which brought werewolves to contemporary audiences."

"But how many people actually know the different ways that you can become a werewolf according to folklore or that there were actually werewolf trials in France and Germany where people were hanged and found guilty of lycanthropy ?"

"At the conference we want to draw attention to these little-known facts and discuss the werewolf in all its many manifestations and cultural meanings."

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
Lets see the west-borough baptist church find a way to protest this one.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lilly 9 years ago
Shouldn't this take place in London?
Comment icon #4 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
Yes, but London does not have Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury as Chancellor...sure London is a city and not a school and all I wanted to say was Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury....but the point remains.
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
Should be a howl ... anyone bringing silver bullets?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Father Merrin 9 years ago
Shouldn't this take place in London? Hahaha I thought this was kid rock "All summer long"
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dougward5 9 years ago
Should be a howl ... anyone bringing silver bullets? I think we would have a hard time getting our gear through customs ....but it would be fun ...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ozfactor 9 years ago
I wouldn't mind being in the audience of this conference . I would love to hear the history of werewolves . When I saw M.Night Shyamalan's movie , The Village, it made me realize that in history , living in or near a forest would have been as mysterious as the Universe is to us now and when someone went missing or suffered trauma , no forensics back then, no dna, cctv, only the mind , and we all know what that is capable of imagining !! .. awesome stuff and I would pay to sit in the audience of this Werewolf conference
Comment icon #9 Posted by nelsen-28 9 years ago
it would be totally awesome I am into that kind of stuff werewolfs,vampires this to are my main top 2 i would love to go
Comment icon #10 Posted by Realm of Unknown 9 years ago
Would so love to attend, but sadly would never be able to get out there..
Comment icon #11 Posted by seko 9 years ago
It's pretty interesting that such theme has the chance to be seriously discussed by researchers.by the way often this theme will just be laughed about. The "beast of bray road" witness for example said that when she went to sheriff department to tell her encounter that the office had in fact a "werewolf file"! interesting isn't it? so why officials and researchers take this serious ?

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