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Recasting the Bygone Witch: Examining Strength in Preservation (NeMLA 2023) (NeMLA)

Niagara Falls, NY
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Digital Humanities, American, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-03-23 to 2023-03-26 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30

From Sabrina to Supreme, there are plentiful modern representations of the witch in popular culture, each exuding singular or group-sourced power borne from traditions of centuries-past, as manifested in literature, television, film, or local lore. But what about the lesser-known witches, those who practice and represent branches of witchcraft rarely examined within the subcultural analysis or fandom?

This panel examines portrayals of lesser-known witches and how their quiet unconventionality, even within the broader occult subculture, might inform scholarship, practice, and preservation. What can we learn by examining lesser-known witches or unconventional representations of the witch?

Approaches or lenses for papers may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Literature, texts, or theory 
  • Cultural studies 
  • Gender studies 
  • Technology or media studies 
  • Race and ethnicity studies 
  • Environmental studies 
  • Pop culture studies
  • Local or regional examinations 
  • Museum studies and public history
  • Historic preservation or conservation 

Abstracts must be submitted before the deadline to the NeMLA website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19862


Information about abstract requirements is available here: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html 


This panel is for the Northeast Modern Language Association convention, March 23-26, 2023 in Niagara Falls, NY. To learn more about NeMLA, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html


Please don't hesitate to send any questions to both Aíne Norris ainemnorris@gmail.com and Maria DiBenigno mdibenigno@wm.edu.



Aine Norris