CFP: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media (10/31/05; 5/18/06-5/21/06)

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Call for Papers

Charming and Crafty: Witchcraft and Paganism in Contemporary Media
May 18-21, 2006
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Mitchell, Chair, Folklore and Mythology, Harvard

This conference aims to examine representations of Wtchcraft and Paganism in
film, television and other media (1900--present day), and explore a variety of
topics in an interdisciplinary format. Proposals for panels are welcome;
sessions will generally comprise three speakers for twenty minutes each. Suggested
topics include but are not limited to:

Specific film or television series titles (e.g. The Wicker Man, The Craft,
Charmed, etc.)
Graphic novels
Literary fiction
Genre fiction (e.g. teens, horror, TV tie-ins, etc.)
Documentary film
TV journalism
Historical representation and/or revision
Pagan paths and traditions (e.g. druidry, Wicca, etc.)
Gender and body politics
Satanism and/or the occult
Advertising and ephemera
Popular music
Landscape and location

The conference will include at least one night of film screenings at the
Harvard Film Archive.

200 word abstracts are due October 31, 2005 via email (avoiding attachments
if at all possible). Please put "abstract" in the subject line. Informal email
inquiries may also be directed to Hannah Sanders or Peg Aloi; we have set up
an email address for this conference at:

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less
time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and
respecting her seniority.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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