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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The Hour of the Wolf: A Werewolf Symposium

2nd July 2015, 18:00 to 19:00, St Chad's College, Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading) and Curtis Runstedler (Durham)

St Chad’s College will be hosting a werewolf symposium on 2 July in Williams Library from 6-7 pm. Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading) and Curtis Runstedler (Durham University) will reassess the interpretation of werewolves in the medieval world.

In recent news, there has been talk of reintroducing wolves into Britain and Denmark, yet this has not met without opposition. The stigma against wolves and their mythological counterpart, the werewolf, has endured for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In the medieval world, the figure of the werewolf was often condemned and neglected, but also presented as a benign and sympathetic character. This night looks at the medieval werewolf in its many different forms.

This symposium will take place from 6 pm until 7 pm in Williams Library, St Chad’s College, and will feature medieval zooarchaeologist Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading) and medieval literature Ph.D. candidate Curtis Runstedler (University of Durham) as the speakers. All are welcome to attend.


18.00-18.30: Dr Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading): Werewolves in the Medieval North: Between ‘Fiction’ and Reality

18.30-19.00: Curtis Runstedler (Durham): The Humanness of the Werewolf in the Medieval Romance

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