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

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Panel at NeMLA 2023, March 23-26, 2023, Niagara Falls NY
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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 (9/30/22) to the NeMLA website: (note: you will need to establish a username and password).


Information about abstract requirements is available here: 


This panel is for the Northeast Modern Language Association convention, March 23-26, 2023 in Niagara Falls, NY. To learn more about NeMLA, visit  Papers must be delivered in-person at the conference. 


Please don't hesitate to send any questions to both Aíne Norris and Maria DiBenigno