CFP: [Children] Terminus, a Harry Potter Conference; 2/1/08; 7-11 Aug 2008

full name / name of organization: 
Sharon K. Goetz

Chicago, IL
August 7-11, 2008
A Harry Potter Conference presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.

Terminus, an interdisciplinary Harry Potter-themed conference to take place
August 7-11, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois, seeks papers, panels, interactive
workshops, roundtable discussions, and other presentation formats suitable
for an audience of academics, students, professionals, and fans.

The overarching conference themes focus on the completed series. Analyses
that address the development of topics through the entirety of the seven
Harry Potter books are especially encouraged, including those topics that
focus on the related cultural phenomenon. The programming will not be
limited to those themes, however, and proposals that address specific
aspects of the Harry Potter series, related works, and surrounding
community across all disciplines are encouraged as well. A non-exhaustive
list of sample topics includes literary analyses of the novels; studies of
the cultural phenomenon; use of the novels in schools and libraries for
education; examination of related business and legal issues; scientific
explanations of magic in the series; media and fan studies; craft-based
workshops in writing, art, and publishing; and overviews of how the series
and films fit into larger contexts.

Submission to the vetting board is by online system only. No other format
or contact will be accepted. The submission system is located at and opened for proposals on June
30, 2007.

The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2008, and notices regarding
proposals will be sent no later than March 1, 2008. For those requiring an
early decision in order to obtain travel funding, the deadline for
submission is November 1, 2007, with a response no later than November 15,

At the time of proposal submission, we require an abstract of 300-500
words, a 50-100 word presentation summary, and a presenter biography of no
more than 100 words. Those wishing to submit a proposal for a roundtable
discussion may submit a brief explanation of a topic and a list of 10-15
sample discussion questions in lieu of a formal abstract.

Conference papers will be collected for publication at a later date.
Presenters must be registered for the conference no later than April 15,
2008. For more information about programming, our review process, and
proposal submissions, please see the Terminus website at Questions specifically about
programming may be directed to

Terminus is a presentation of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization with the mission of organizing academic, literary,
and exploratory conferences that appeal to adult scholars, students,
professionals, and fans. For inquiries about Narrate Conferences, Inc.,
please write to

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