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 audience.
Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium welcomes submissions in the following areas:
Literary and Media Studies
Law, Politics, Ethics
Education and Library Science
Fandom Studies and Culture
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 communities)
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.)
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The Common Rooms: 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 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.
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.
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 desired.
How to Submit a Proposal
To submit a proposal for Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium, please send an email to email@example.com 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 valuable.
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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