Extended deadline: Magic and Witchcraft on Stage and Screen

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
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Deadline extended to June 27, 2018


Proposals are invited for a Special Session of PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) 2018, which will meet November 9-11, 2018, in Bellingham, Washington. The conference theme is “Acting, Roles, Stages,” and we will be contributing papers on ways in which magic and witchcraft have been represented dramatically over the centuries.


In the 400 years between Macbeth and Harry Potter, the image of the witch has become more appealing and less frightening, more popular culture and less cultural nightmare. Magic has lost its association with conjuring demons and is portrayed as an innate or acquired skill, more mysterious than playing the piano but maybe not essentially different. Witches are not wicked, and magic is not a tool of the devil. This is a huge cultural shift.


This panel invites speakers in the fields of history, anthropology, drama, film, literature, and religious studies, as well as practitioners of magic and witchcraft, to contribute to our understanding of these phenomena and their changing roles in contemporary culture. Topics from film, drama, and literature might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Macbeth
  • Bell, Book, and Candle
  • Bewitched
  • Harry Potter
  • The Craft
  • Practical Magic


Panel participants must join PAMLA BY July 1, 2018, and must register and pay for the conference by October 1, 2018. Please submit proposals through the PAMLA website at www.pamla.org.