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Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium is pleased to announce the
release of its Call for Proposals. The symposium, to be held June 25-28,
2009 in Forks, WA, will offer two full days of academic and fan
programming for adult fans and scholars of the Twilight Saga novels.

Proposals are sought for presentations, papers, moderated panels,
workshops, roundtables and posters on any topic relating to the Twilight
Saga novels and/or the fan community. We welcome formal papers as well as
proposals for a variety of presentation models, including prepared panel
discussions and workshops. We encourage workshops, in particular, that
focus on audience participation and interaction. Additionally, we are
assembling a poster session for topics that might lend themselves to more
visual presentations or more interactive discussion with a smaller

Programming Tracks

Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium welcomes submissions in the
following areas:

Literary and Media Studies
Law, Politics, Ethics
Social Sciences
Education and Library Science
Fandom Studies and Culture
Fan Creations
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Gender roles in the series
The role of authority in the series: rule-breaking and its consequences
Themes in the series (Good versus Evil, etc.)
Race, class, and other social issues in the series
Religion in the series (as well as reactions of various religious
Meyer’s usage of myths, folk tales, and legends
Comparative analysis of the series with other fantasy or children’s
literature authors (Rowling, Card, etc.)
Character analyses
Website Administration
The Masters of All: Webmasters Share Their Secrets
Message Boards and the Fandom (shipping: Team Edward vs. Team Jacob, The
role of Parent in the Twilight Saga, how the Twilight Saga Fandom
compares to other fandoms, etc.)
Additional proposals are welcome, and we encourage members of the
professional, academic, and fandom communities to participate. We also
welcome submissions outside these areas.

Presentation Formats
Presentation formats include, but are not limited to:

Lecture-style presentations on a chosen topic typically involve one
person lecturing and teaching in front of a large audience, with Q & A
time incorporated.

Discussion Panels
A discussion panel typically consists of a few people presenting a topic
and discussing and/or critically analyzing it, preferably with a
moderator to enforce structure and order. The discussion panel should
allow time for questions/comments from the audience, or incorporate other
means of audience participation.

A roundtable chat is comprised of a group of people having a structured
discussion on a chosen topic, hosted by a moderator.

A workshop is a session that focuses on training and teaching
participants about a specific subject or skill. This format generally
consists of a small group of people instructing a large group of
participants. Examples:

Fan fiction and creative writing: characterization, fanon vs. canon, beta
reading, the transition between fan fiction and original writing.
Fan art, drawing, painting, and digital art: art critiques,
demonstrations, and tutorials.
Poster Sessions
A poster session consists of many presentations displayed visually, while
attendees circulate (similar to a science fair). Presenters can give
short verbal presentations about their topic with the aid of a handout if

How to Submit a Proposal
To submit a proposal for Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium,
please send an email to no later than midnight
EST on January 1, 2009 with the following information:

Name of presenter(s)
Email address(es) of presenter(s)
Phone number of presenter(s)
Title of presentation
Presentation format (Lecture, Panel, Roundtable or Workshop)
Time needed for presentation (20, 50, 80, 120 minutes)
Presentation proposal (fewer than 500 words)
Presenter biography (fewer than 150 words)
Equipment and materials requested (e.g. whiteboard, LCD or overhead
projector), if any

The symposium will include varied informal programming for attendees,
primarily scheduled in the evening hours (although it is expected that an
exhibition hall and a vendor room will be open for browsing during the
daytime programming hours).


Registrants must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or
guardian for those aged 14-17. The Symposium programming is intended for
adults; however, mature teenagers may find the discussions engaging and


Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium is an unofficial event, and
is not endorsed by Summit Entertainment, The Twilight Saga book
publishers or Stephenie Meyer and her representatives.

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