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UK Satanic Abuse Scare, 25 Years On

5 July 2016 (Tuesday) @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

| £15

Evening conference – Inform and Treadwells, at London School of Economics

In the late 80s and early 90s the media portrayed Pagans as satanic, large-scale ritual child abusers.  Definitively disproven by a thorough government-funded investigation, the scare is nonetheless of significance for understanding new religious movements, British society and ideas about Paganism. Tonight’s conference revisits the scare with  first-hand accounts of what it was like for Pagans, and then how it ended after researchers and investigative journalism got involved.   The five speakers are:

  • Prof. Jean LaFontaine, Professor Emeritus of the London School of Economics, and board member of Inform. Professor Lafontaine is author of the report which effectively ended the scare.
  • Prudence Jones, former president of the Pagan Federation, and active senior member during the scare
  • Phil Hine Co-founder and co-editor of Pagan News in the early 1990s.
  • Amanda van Eck  Deputy Director of Inform.
  • Rosie Waterhouse , Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism MA, at City University London and a freelance journalist whose pioneering journalism was instrumental in ending the scare
  • Sarah Harvey, Research Officer at Inform

This conference is hosted jointly between Treadwells and Inform, and it aims to explore the themes, events and personal accounts of the height and denoument of the scare in the early 1990s, which is of crucial importance not only for scholars but is a key turning point in the history of modern Paganism in Britain.  All are welcome. The evening starts at 5.30 with a wine reception and small exhibition of periodicals and ephemera of the era, courtesy of Phil Hine and the Inform archives.

Price: £15  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online (tickets here below)
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.15. Reception 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Venue: London School of Economics New Academic Building 54 Lincolns Inn Fields (Holborn Tube)


5 July 2016 (Tuesday)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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