Join the Weird Fictions Research Group for an in-person lecture and discussion by
Joanna Kaniewska
(University of Warsaw)

Witches in American Popular Music

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
at 4:45 pm
room 116

This event is a part of the Weird Music Vol 2. series organized by the Weird Fictions Research Group members and their invited guests.

This is an in-person event, so you can get 3 OZN points for participating.


American Studies Center, room 116
al. Niepodległości 22, Warszawa


The popularity of the witch archetype in popular culture of the 20th and 21st centuries is undeniable. Rebellious and powerful, witches are everywhere: in books, comic books, movies, TV shows… and perhaps most importantly, in the social media spaces, defined by such hashtags as #witchtok or #witchesofinstagram. What about music, a medium often taken for granted in the contemporary world?

During the first part of the event, I will try to map the presence of witches in American music. I will start from the 1960s and go toward today, presenting several inspiring musicians and their works. The second part of the event will belong to YOU. Do you know a “music witch” I have not mentioned? Please, tell me! Do you want to share an interesting fact or a personal experience with the artists I presented? Go for it! Or maybe you envision “music witches” in a completely different way? Let’s discuss it! We will also try to look at the trends on our “timeline of music witches,” look for their common traits and ponder what they say about the archetype of the witch… or the women. Or the rebellion.


Joanna (Asia) Kaniewska is a subtitler by day and an independent researcher by night. She graduated from University of Warsaw with MA in Japanese Studies and American Studies and is currently working towards enrolling in the Doctoral School of Humanities. She’s been a part of Weird Fictions Research Group since its very beginnings in 2018. Her academic interests include popular music, Japanese and American popular culture, science fiction, and weird studies. Sometimes, she writes about them on her blog “dziewiętnaście czwartych” (“nineteen fourths”) or talks about them in her radio show “dancing in dystopia.”

Year 2022/2023

December 6: Witches in American Popular Music: Introduction + Discussion

November 23, 2022

Rebellious and powerful, witches penetrate the social spaces and popular culture. In her introduction, Joanna Kaniewska will map the presence of witches in American music. Later, she will invite all the participants to discuss the “music witches,” their common traits and associations.

Year 2022/2023

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