Witchcraft and Open Science


  • Rune Blix Hagen UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Erik Lieungh UiT The Arctic University of Norway




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Can you combine the history of early modern witchcraft studies with open science? Sure! In this episode of Open Science Talk, historian Rune Blix Hagen explains how at the end of his career he digitalized his research data at the library for others to use. He is actually the first person from his institute to openly archive his research data. In this podcast episode, Hagen gives us some insight on how this work has been done, and also his experiences and expectations to publishing research data openly.

The host of this episode is Erik Lieungh.

This episode was first published 31 July 2019.

Author Biographies

Rune Blix Hagen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Historian Rune Blix Hagen works at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research interests are early modern witchcraft studies and Jean Bodin.

He has written extensively on the witch trials in the north of Norway where many women and indigenous people were sentenced to death and burnt at the stake as a result of suspicions and rumors of practicing witchcraft.

Erik Lieungh, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Erik Lieungh is a digital adviser at the University Library and the host and editor of Open Science Talk.



How to Cite

Hagen, R. B., & Lieungh, E. (2020). Witchcraft and Open Science. Open Science Talk, (20). https://doi.org/10.7557/19.5303