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‘Magic is Might 2012’, An International Conference Exploring the Cultural Influences of the Harry Potter Books, July 23-24, 2012
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Hosted by the University of Limerick Department of Sociology with the UL Interaction Design Centre.
University of Limerick, Ireland
The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The stories created by J.K. Rowling have inspired extensive multidisciplinary academic discussion, ranging from cultural and literary analyses, sociological and philosophical interpretations, design practices, to recognised medical publications.
Conferences have taken place that focused on the impact that the novels have had on the world and their educational contribution and edited collections have been produced centering on themes of philosophy, religion, sociology, and critical analysis, to name just a few. The characters' relationships, the political and social systems, and cultural commentaries woven into Rowling’s writing are just some examples of what makes the Harry Potter series an exciting framework for academic discourse in a number of areas.
This two-day event will feature twenty 15-20 minute presentations on papers relating to popular culture and the Harry Potter series. We will encourage intensive and lively discussion and debate around the papers over the two days in this intimate setting. Wizards, muggles, established academics and postgraduate students are invited to submit papers. Post conference, full papers will be put together into a collection that will be available online.
Suggested Topics include but are in no way limited to:
- Society (both Wizard and Muggle) and its portrayal
Please submit a 300 word abstract with 100 word biographical information by 1 September
All abstracts will be reviewed for inclusion in the conference by the conference committee
Accepted papers will be notified by December 1st 2011. We will then ask for draft
General inquiries can be made at the above email address to conference organisers,
Conference Program Committee: To Be Announced
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This conference is NOT authorized by J.K. Rowling, her US or UK publishers, WB,