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Jessica chaney

Jessica Chaney is a PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett University. Jessica is exploring the witch in a practice-based research framework, interrogating, and exploring the idea of the witch as a potentially feminist figure in contemporary theatre practices. The witch can be exhibited as both hag and hero, a character that can embody fear, empowerment, persecution, and liberation. Jessica’s work utilises filmic representations, do it yourself (DIY) aesthetics and popular culture as a strategy to unravel what makes something "witchy" and to define "witchness". Her research aims to uncover the witch as nexus within feminism and how she has been reclaimed and revamped as a figure that is inclusive for marginalised identities.

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