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free women throughout human history (call for papers)

Witches: free women throughout human history

Call for papers

International and interdisciplinary colloquium

From November 30 to December 1, 2022

Venue of the conference: University of Haute-Alsace

Organized by the Institute for Research in European Languages ​​and Literature (ILLE) of the University of Haute-Alsace, in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg and LiLPa, the University of Luxembourg, the University of Sassari and with the kind support from the Consulate General of France in New Orleans (United States), the Consulate General of Kazakhstan in Strasbourg as well as the financial support of the Regional Skills Pact 2022-2023 project.

A magician since Antiquity, an essential figure in Western culture since the Middle Ages, the witch and her stories as old as the world continue to fascinate and revolt while reviving the debate. All civilizations and eras have their witches. We know them through fantastical stories of bewitching and seductive women like Carmen (Mérimée) or through stories about frightening and demonic women (Goethe’s Faust). They are also the sources of inspiration for depicting sometimes the young woman, fatally beautiful and tempting, sometimes hideous, old and with evil knowledge (Goya, Picard, Ensor). The witch – link between life and death – casts spells, rubs shoulders with dark forces. She is hated, cursed, burned. Capable of “reversing the course of rivers, liquefying mountains, extinguishing the stars, bringing the Moon down from its orbit” (Bouix), she is foiled and persecuted. But she is also adored for her femininity endowed with magical powers of fertility and renewal as well as her vision of progress. Its mystery and especially its power disturb and importunate. Magician flying on a broomstick, heretic condemned to the stake, femme fatale displaying a carnivorous libido diverting men from the right path, poisoner mastering the art of poisons, demon mastering the forces of nature, in short, the cursed witch in the Middle Ages has become a feminist icon embodying power and independence. Transgressive and visionary, these powerful women do not hesitate to upset the order of the established world. Wouldn’t they be too powerful and disturbing to the point of becoming a perfect scapegoat for our ills?

This interdisciplinary and international colloquium aims to question today’s society and its dogmas through the prism of the tragedy of the myth of the witch from Antiquity to the cyber era by marking out the four corners of the world from the angle of different approaches: literary, linguistic, artistic, historical, media, societal.

We propose to approach the concept of “witchcraft” according to the following lines of research which are certainly not exhaustive:

– Magic practices (witchcraft, haunted doll, voodoo dolls, shamanism, satanism, kabbalah, occultism, white magic and black magic, healing magic, evil practices, magic rituals, cults, African witchcraft),

– Mythical and mythological beings (witches, undines, clairvoyants, herbal healers, fairies, sangoma),

– Witchcraft in literature (tales, myths, regional literature, demonological writings, popular works),

– Feminine and masculine in magic and witchcraft (gender studies, representations of the female body through male eyes),

– Feminine fatal (woman fatal, hypnotic woman through literary and artistic works and currents),

– Visual representation of witches (cinema, photography, painting, drawing, poster, illustration),

– Witchcraft in the socio-historical context (village powers, political and religious institutions, persecutions, inquisition, witch hunts),

– Discourse on witchcraft and its political, theological and legal issues,

– Perception/representation of the witch according to times and societies.

Indicative bibliography:

ADLER Laure, The body of women: what artists wanted to make of usParis: Albin Michel, 2020.
Dominique Camus Wizarding powers and magical practices from the Middle Ages to the present dayOuest-France Editions, 2015.
CHARUTY Giordana, Night battles: witchcraft and agrarian rituals in the 16th and 17th centuriesParis: Flammarion, 1984.
CHOLLET Mona, Witches: the undefeated power of womenParis: Zones, 2018.
D’EAUBONNE Francoise, The Witches’ Sexocide: Fantasy and RealityParis: The Poltergeist, 1999.
ECO Umberto, History of uglinessParis: Flammarion, 2007.
GAUVARD Claude, BUGNON Fanny, DOYON Julie, FOURNIE Peter, Presumed guilty: the great trials against womenParis: The Iconoclast, 2016.
GINZBURG Carlo, The Witches’ SabbathParis: Gallimard, 1992.
HABLOT Laurent, Joan of Arc: Saint or WitchParis: Figaro, 2012.
SKIN Woody, Pulp Culture: Hardboiled Fiction and the Cold WarLondon : Serpent’s Tail, 1996.
KOUVOUAMA Abel, PRIGNITZ Gisèle, MAUPEU Hervé, Witchcraft, powers: writings & representationsPau: Puppa, 2018.
LECOUTEUX Claude, The Book of Grimoires: Magic in the Middle AgesParis : Imago, 2005.
MAINGUENEAU Dominique, fatal feminineParis : Descartes & Cie, 1999.
MALAREWICZ Jacques-Antoine, The possessed woman: witches, hysterics and multiple personalitiesParis: R. Laffont, 2005.
MANDROU Robert, Possession and witchcraft in the 17th century: unpublished textsParis: Fayard, 1979.
MARCHAND Patrick, Witches: Myths and FactsSaint-Claud: The traveler Editions, 2011.
Mercier Franck, The vauderie of Arras: a witch hunt in the autumn of the Middle AgesRennes: University Press of Rennes, 2015.
PARÉ Alix, Witch: from Circe to the witches of SalemParis: Oak, 2020.
PLANTED Christine, Witches and sorceriesLyon: Lyon University Press, 2002.
REUSS Rodolphe, Witchcraft in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly in Alsace: according to partly unpublished documentsSteinbrunn-le-Haut: Editions du Rhin, 1987.
ROEHRIG Jacques, Death to the witch! Witchcraft and repression in Lorraine XVI-XVII centuriesStrasbourg: Blue Cloud, 2007.
ROEHRIG Jacques, The Holocaust of the Witches of Alsace: a terrible massacre in the heart of humanist EuropeStrasbourg: Blue Cloud, 2011.
ROEHRIG Jacques, Witchcraft trials in the 16th and 17th centuries, Alsace, Franche-Comté, LorraineEscalquens: Trajectory, 2016.
SALLMANN Jean-Michel, Witches, brides of SatanParis: Gallimard, 1989.
SIBONY Daniel, The feminine and seductionParis: Paperback, 1987.

Practical arrangements :
– The symposium will take place face-to-face, at the University of Haute-Alsace, open to all.
– The selected interventions should not exceed 20 minutes.
– Communication proposals (a 10-line summary and a 5-line biobibliographical CV) must be submitted by September 10, 2022 at: [email protected] We will send you the notification of acceptance by September 30, 2022.

Registration fees :
– 100€ for all
– 20€ for doctoral students
– Members of the organizing institutions are exempt.

Steering committee :
UHA-ILLE : Greta Komur, Pierre Thilloy, Inkar Kuramayeva, Maria Shvetsova
GREM: Sondess Zarrouk
Unistra-LiLPa: Fabrice Marsac, Rudolph Sock
University of Sassaria (Italy): Lorenzo Devilla
University of Luxembourg: Hélène Barthelmebs
Associations: Xanadu association, GET-IN student association
Class of 2021-2022: GEPSAC Professional License and Book Trade

Scientific Committee:
The scientific committee will be responsible for both the scientific evaluation of communication proposals, and the subsequent evaluation of written contributions, conducted double-blind by peers, with a view to their publication. The committee will be multidisciplinary, made up of researchers and teacher-researchers from different disciplinary fields.

Pr Maria Teresa Schettino, Histoire romaine, UHA, ARCHIMEDE
Pr Greta Komur-Thilloy, Language Sciences, UHA, ILLE
Composer, Pierre Thilloy, ILLE
Pr Lorenzo Devilla, Language Sciences, University of Sassari, Italy
Pr Hélène Barthelmebs, French language and literature, University of Luxembourg
Pr Tania Collani, French and Italian Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Ferrouja Allouache, French and Francophone Literature, University of Paris 8
Pr Monika Malinowska, Roman Studies, University of Warsaw
Pr Dhurata Doxha, Studies in French Philology, University of Shkoder, Albania
Pr Maria-Teresa Giaveri, Littératures comparées, University of Turin, Italy
MCF Felipe Aparicio, Hispanic Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Laurent Curelly, English Civilization and Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Régine Battiston, Germanic Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Samuel Ludwig, American Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Rudolph Sock, Language Sciences, Unistra, LiLPa,
Pr Fabrice Marsac, Language Sciences, Unistra, LiLPa,
Pr Luc Fraisse, French literature, UHA/Unistra, ILLE
MCF Martina Della Casa, Italian, general and comparative literature, UHA, ILLE,
MCF Tatiana Musinova, English Studies, UHA, ILLE,
MCF Yana Grinshpun, Language Sciences, Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris 3
MCF Emmanuel Nal, Philosophy and Anthropology, UHA, LISEC
Dr Inkar Kuramayeva, Comparative Literature, UHA, ILLE
Pr Zarrouk Sondess, Educational Sciences, UHA, LISEC
Pr María José Sueza Espejo, Philologie française, University of Jaén, Spain
Pr Aziza Gril-Maillotte, History of Art, University of Aix-Marseille, TELEMMe

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