Witcheshave been with us for centuries and have a long history of being associated with evil and diabolism. But beginning in the 19th century, the archetype of the witch got reclaimed and reframed as an agent of positive - if subversive - transformation. This illustrated talk will excavate and celebrate the evolution of this magical, feminist icon. Touching on historical events, pop occulture in film and television, and her own personal story, author and podcast host Pam Grossman will trace how the witch went from hideous hag to Hermione, and discuss the ways in which witches continue to reflect our fears and fantasies about feminine power today.
Pam Grossman is the creator and host of The Witch Wave podcast and the author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power(Gallery Books) and What Is A Witch (Tin Can Forest Press). Her writing has appeared in such outlets as the New York Times, TIME.com, Sabat Magazine, HuffPost, and her occulture blog, Phantasmaphile. She is co-founder of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, and her art exhibitions and magical projects have been featured in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and the New Yorker. You can find her at PamGrossman.com and @Phantasmaphile.