Episode 2: Super Spooky Halloween
Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg
Guest: Kate Sheppard
Producer: Leila McNeill
Music: Careful! by Zombie Dandies
The scientific study of the paranormal and supernatural might seem contradictory, but we discuss how fringe sciences have made concerted attempts to break into the mainstream, oftentimes perpetuating the same gender inequalities of modern science and medicine. Historian of science and long time contributing Lady Science editor Kate Sheppard joins in to talk about Margaret Murray and her witch cult hypothesis.
Visitation and Violence: Gender and the UFO Phenomenon by Anna Reser
Vulgar Women, Queer Men, and Unruly Spirits by Leila A. McNeill
Forced to the Fringe: Margaret Murray’s Witch-Cult Hypothesis by Kathleen Sheppard
Owen, Alex. The Darkened Room: Women, Power, and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England. (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Robertson, Beth A. “In the Laboratory of Spirits: Gender, Embodiment, and the Scientific Quest for Life Beyond the Grave 1918-1939” (Dissertation: Carleton University, 2013).
Sheppard, Kathleen. The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology. (Lexington Books, 2013).
Simpson, Jacqueline, “Margaret Murray: Who Believed Her and Why?” Folklore 104, 1994. 89-96.
Lepselter, Susan. The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press, 2016).