Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for a proposed collection of essays about Harry Potter fan fiction. Essays on young writers, transnational fandom, and fan works from outside the English-speaking world are especially needed, but all submissions on fan works are very welcome. Please note that the topic of this volume is fan fiction; to be considered, all papers must at least touch on fan writings or art.
Paper topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
Issues related to the source material
Studies focused on writing by young people
Studies of particular subgenres and their traditions, such as bodies of fan work focused on particular characters or relationships, or around generic constraints such as challenges, "filks" (song parodies) or "drabbles" (100 word fics)
Studies of the various communities (mostly on-line) in which participants exchange works and ideas, and of specific issues within those communities, such as status, collaboration, or conflict
Quantitative and demographic studies
Fan art in visual media (for instance comics, illustrations, or doujinshi)
Intellectual property and/in the Harry Potter fan fiction community
Studies of fan productions from outside the English-speaking world
This is a scholarly volume; because its audience will be interdisciplinary, and will also include general readers, however, all contributors should minimize their use of academic jargon.
Please send abstracts of no less than 300 words, and a brief c.v., to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already have a completed paper in hand, I would be happy to read it. I would also appreciate a brief note about your background and interest in the topic. Inquiries welcome.
University of California, Berkeley
Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2004
University of California at Berkeley
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