CFP: Harry Potter Conference (UK) (1/31/07; 7/19/07-7/22/07)

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Sectus Programming
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Park Crescent Conference Centre, London, UK.
Thursday 19th July – Sunday 22nd July 2007


Sectus 2007 offers attendees the opportunity to celebrate the tenth
anniversary of J.K. Rowling's series at a major fandom conference to
be held in the heart of London.

The main focus of the conference will be on HP fandom and its many
areas of interest. Suggested topics for presentations include, but are
by no means restricted to:

- Science and technology:
Can science be said to exist in the Wizarding World, and if so, how
far does it reflect our real-world knowledge? Is magic bound by the
laws of physics?

- Mythology, alchemy and symbolism:
How myths and legends support Rowling's storytelling, and how an
examination of alchemical theory and symbolism can help us unravel the
secrets within the text.

- Education:
The portrayal of education in the Wizarding World, the effective use
of Rowling's books in real-world education and is the 'reading
revolution' a myth?

- Social and political issues:
Explorations of class, race, gender and sexuality in the narrative,
the Wizarding World and/or derived fan works.

- Fandom history:
>From paper to screen - how would the HP fandom have fared without the
internet, and what lies ahead for the fandom after the publication of
the seventh book?

- Fandom issues:
Staying on the right side of international law, fan fiction vs. fan
art, gender and the fan community.

---Proposals should contain the following information:- Title of presentation (must clearly indicate the subject matter)- Abstract/Synopsis (100-200 words) – For lectures only- Length of time required for presentation (estimate)- Short biography for conference programme (50-200 words)---Proposal submission deadline: 31st January 2007Full paper submission deadline: 30th April 2007Format: All proposals and submissions should be presented in .doc or.rtf format and forwarded by e-mail only to submissions_at_sectus.orgusing the subject line 'Sectus 2007 Proposal' or 'Sectus 2007 Paper'as appropriate.All work must be original/your own work and you must be registeredwith Sectus to have your proposal accepted.For further information and to register, please visit the Sectus 2007website at note that attendance at Sectus 2007 is restricted to those aged18 and over, and requires registration in advance.---This conference is an unofficial event and is not endorsed by WarnerBros, the Harry Potter book publishers or J. K. Rowling and herrepresentatives.PERMISSION TO COPY, FORWARD, OR POST PUBLICLY IS GRANTED ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Thu Oct 12 2006 - 11:19:28 EDT

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