NeMLA 2014: Pennsylvania German Pow Wow: Braucherei and Hexerei

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45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

This panel seeks papers that explore the Pennsylvania German folk-healing practice known as pow wow, or braucherei, and/or its dark double, hexerei, or black magic. Papers may focus on written texts and/or oral histories of pow wow practices as well as on related PA German cultural artifacts, including hex signs and himmelsbriefs. Papers that examine the cultural exchange of folk-healing practices among Germans, Gypsies, and Native Americans are particularly welcome. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Anne DeLong at

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract:
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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.