Medieval and Early Modern Witchcraft Panel, PAMLA, Nov 1-3, 2013; abstract deadline April 15, 2013.

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Proposals are invited for a panel on Medieval and Early Modern Witchcraft for the 2013 conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). This is an approved special session of PAMLA, following the success of a special session on this topic last year.

Witchcraft was a powerful cultural phenomenon that has continued to grip our imaginations throughout the centuries. The religious, folk, and divinatory practices contained in this label are varied and ancient and have continued in changing forms to the present day. This panel invites speakers in the fields of historical, cultural, literary, and religious studies to contribute to our understanding of medieval and early modern witchcraft. Topics might include but are not limited to the following:
*famous (or obscure) witch trials
*witch-hunters' manuals
*representations of witches in literature and culture
*religious proclamations against or about witches
*demographic studies of witchcraft
*psychological or psychoanalytical interpretations of witchcraft
*gender issues in representations of witches
*later writing about medieval and early modern witchcraft

Please submit your idea for a presentation, including title, 50-word abstract, and 500-word proposal, at the PAMLA website, You will be asked to create an account in order to submit your material. In addition, please send a brief CV to the panel organizer, Dr. Logan Greene, at The deadline for submission is April 15, 2013. Decisions will be finalized by May 15, 2013.

PAMLA, a regional branch of the Modern Language Association, will meet November 1-3, 2013, in San Diego, California. A complete list of panel topics and information about the conference are available at

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