Nimbus - 2003
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
July 17-20, 2003
Nimbus is expected to be a recurring periodic symposium for the purpose of allowing adult fans of the Harry Potter books and universe to: gather; discuss the books and the fandom with other fans, scholars of literature and cultural studies, and professionals in related fields; and gain a new understanding of the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Proposals are sought in both the academic and fandom culture tracks
(described below) for presentations, papers, moderated panels, and workshops on any topic relating to the Harry Potter novels and/or their fan community.
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 (particularly Harry as Allegory: Good versus Evil)
Race, class, and other social issues in the series
Religion in the series (as well as reactions of various religious
communities to HP)
Rowling's usage of myths, folk tales and legends
Harry Potter: Classics for our Time?
Comparative analysis of the series with other fantasy or childrens'
literature authors (Tolkien, Lewis, Cooper, etc.)
Harry Potter as Transcultural Phenomenon
Legal (application will be made for MCLE credit hours) ( ½ day)
Justice in the Wizarding World
Fanfic and Intellectual Property
Book-banning and the First Amendment: moderated panel discussion
Educators and Librarians (application will be made for CE credit)
Hogwarts Professors' Lounge (lesson plans and workshop proposals sought
across the curriculum)
Ask Madam Pince: A Workshop for Librarians and Media Specialists
FANDOM CULTURE TRACK:
Fantastic Characters and Where to Find Them (Canon & Originals)
It's All a Matter of Interpretation: Balancing Canon and Fanon
Writing in the Dark: Fanficcing an Incomplete Canon
Women Writers, Male Characters: Gender and Fan Writing
The Mirror of Erised: Drawing Recognizable Canon Characters
External Influences (anime, Disney, other)
The Masters of All: Webmasters Share Their Secrets
The Common Rooms: Message Boards and the Fandom
Essential E-Mail Lists for the HP Fan; Yahoo! and its Role in Developing Online Fandom
The Perilous Seas: Shipping the Series (het,slash, and smarm)
Where Generations Meet: Children, Teens, and Adults in Harry Potter Fandom
All Things Being Equal: What makes Harry Potter different from or similar to other fan phenomena?
What is Harry Potter Canon?: The Novels vs. Other Sources (Schoolbooks, Interviews, Film)
Additional proposals are welcome, and we encourage members of the
professional, academic, and fandom communities to participate.
Registrants must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or
guardian if ages 14-17. The Symposium programming is intended for adults; however, mature teenagers may find the discussions engaging and valuable. It is currently expected that childcare will be provided on-site (at additional cost) for the children of adult attendees.
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2003
Proposals may take the form of a 500-word abstract or a completed conference paper (approximately 10 pages).
Proposals should be sent via email (preferred), fax, or regular mail in
advance of the submission deadline to the address below. Please use Nimbus - 2003 Proposal Submission in the subject line of e-mails.
All submissions, whether by email, regular mail or fax, must be accompanied by a Submission Form, which can be obtained from the website
(www.hp2003.org/cfp.html) or can be mailed to you if requested.
Nimbus - 2003 is an unofficial event, and is not endorsed by Warner Bros., the Harry Potter book publishers or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.
Harry Potter Symposium - 2003
P.O. Box 18769
Rochester, NY 14618-0769
Fax Number: 407-540-9583 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.hp2003.org
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