Dr Helen Cornish

Staff details

PositionLecturer Programme Convenor: BA History and Anthropology
Department Anthropology
Email h.cornish (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7919 7378
Dr Helen Cornish

My anthropological research explores the practices and politics of historical knowledge, and how it is drawn through both official and informal sources. I am interested in how the past constituted through dynamic and everyday historicity and senses of temporality, that includes ritual, experience, material culture, landscape, and folklore as well as archived sources and expert interpretations. My longitudinal fieldwork is rooted in my doctoral research with British Witches and Wiccans, partly located at the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall. I am preparing a monograph for publication in 2019 in the Routledge Anthropology of History series.

Teaching

Anthropological Approaches to History
Contemporary Issues of Anthropology (Integrated Degree)
Anthropology in Public Practice

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of History
  • British magical religions (Witchcraft and Wicca)
  • Micromuseums
  • Anthropology of Britain (Cornwall)

Publications

Book Section

‘“The Magical Valley”: Coming home to the Museum of Witchcraft’
Cornish, Helen. 2012. ‘“The Magical Valley”: Coming home to the Museum of Witchcraft’. In: Garry Tregidga, ed. Memory, Place and Identity: The Cultural Landscapes of Cornwall. London: Francis Boutle. ISBN 9781903427736

Article

‘Not all singing and dancing: folk festivals in Padstow’ Anthropology Revisits the Festival
Cornish, Helen. 2015. ‘Not all singing and dancing: folk festivals in Padstow’ Anthropology Revisits the Festival. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, ISSN 0014-1844

'The Life of the Death of "The Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin": Storytelling around the Museum of Witchcraft'
Cornish, Helen. 2013. 'The Life of the Death of "The Fighting Fairy Woman of Bodmin": Storytelling around the Museum of Witchcraft'. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 22(1), pp. 79-97. ISSN 1755-2923

Spelling out history: transforming witchcraft past and present
Cornish, Helen. 2009. Spelling out history: transforming witchcraft past and present. Pomegranate: the International Journal of Pagan Studies, 11(1), pp. 14-28. ISSN 1528-0268

‘Cunning Histories: privileging narratives in the present’
Cornish, Helen. 2005. ‘Cunning Histories: privileging narratives in the present’. History and Anthropology, 16(3), pp. 363-376. ISSN 0275-7206