CFP: [Children] Convention Alley: An International Harry Potter Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Sheryll Townsend
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This international conference envisions bringing the Harry Potter fandom
together in the beautiful city of Ottawa to discuss J.K. Rowling's novels
with one another and with literary scholars. In addition to keynote
speakers and programming sessions presented by fans and professionals, the
convention will feature directed discussion groups as well as informal
opportunities for fans and scholars to get to know one another and to
enjoy the city of Ottawa.

The Canadian Programming Committee seeks proposals for presentations,
moderated panels and workshops on any topic relating to the Harry Potter
novels and/or their fan community. We strongly encourage members of the
fandom community to participate, and also welcome submissions by members
of the professional and academic communities.

Presenters should be at least 18 years old, as the conference programming
is intended for adults.

Time Blocks
Proposals should specify the estimated amount of time needed for
presentation and discussion.

Programming sessions will be held on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June
21. Our goal is to make all of the programming sessions as interactive as
possible. Accordingly, for individual presentations, we suggest a planned
presentation of between 30-45 minutes, followed by a 30-minute audience
participation session. This is a guideline, however â€" presenters are
welcome to propose other ideas for encouraging audience participation.
Strictly lecture-based presentations are discouraged, however.
Accordingly, proposals must include an outline for how audience
participation will be solicited.

The suggested time period for moderated panels and workshops is between
one hour and 90 minutes. As with the individual presentations, proposals
for moderated panels should include a 30-minute audience participation

A volunteer staff member will be present at each session to introduce the
presenter, assist with any technical difficulties and facilitate the
audience participation component.

Proposal Submissions
Proposals submitted via regular mail must be postmarked no later than:
February 15, 2008. Proposals submitted electronically must be received by:
February 28, 2008. Proposals may take the form of a 500 word abstract or a
completed conference paper (approximately 5-7 pages). Any attachments must
be in Microsoft Word to be readable. Proposals should be sent via e-mail
(preferred) or regular mail in advance of the submission deadline to the
following: E-Mail submission: Please
use "Ottawa 2008 Programming Submission" in the subject line.

You may also mail your proposals to:

Convention Alley
Box 36004
1106 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 4V3

Proposal Evaluation
Proposals will be evaluated based on an assessment of the level of
interest conference participants will have in the topic area and the
originality of the ideas presented, as well as the use of correct spelling
and grammar.

Notification and Submission of Final Papers
We plan to notify presenters whose proposals are selected for presentation
at the convention during the week of week of March 17, 2008. We regret
that, in order to keep conference fees as low as possible, we are unable
to fund presenters' registration, hotel and/or travel costs, or provide
any other form of remuneration. Presenters will need to register for the
conference at their own expense when they confirm that they will present
(confirmations must be postmarked or e-mailed by March 31, 2008).

Presenters must submit their final completed paper in an electronic format
(either as a text file or in Word) to the above e-mail address by April
30, 2008 (preferred) or by regular mail to the above address by April 15,
2008. Completed papers sent by regular mail must be submitted on a disk.

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