Call for Papers: Potterwatch

Harry Potter and Crossover Audiences
the 2011 PotterWatch Conference
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
October 1, 2011
Charlotte, NC

The Harry Potter series has been translated into more than 60
languages, inspired a multi-million dollar theme park, and prompted the
creation of an International Quidditch Association comprised of hundreds of
teams.  What began as a British childrens book became an international
best-selling series.  Much of the success of the novels can be attributed to
crossover appealhow Harry is loved by audiences of a variety of ages,
genders, and religions.  How do the books speak to so many different,
sometimes opposing, audiences? Why do we love Harry so much?

Together, PotterWatch, the official Harry Potter club of UNC
Charlotte, and UNC Charlotte’s Children’s Literature Graduate Organization
will be hosting an academic conference focusing on the theme of audiences
within the Harry Potter series and fandom.  We invite submissions of paper
and panel proposals that address the theme of audience and crossover appeal
in relation to the Harry Potter series, looking at reader response from a
variety of academic perspectives.

Suggested topics include:
?  Harry Potter from an international perspective
?  Religious responses to the series
?  Generational appeal (the crossover novel)
?  Group response to Harry Potter (fan clubs, Quidditch, book/movie
premieres, etc.)
?  Gender response to Harry Potter (Is Harry Potter a “boys book”?)

To be considered for presentation, please submit a 500-word abstract for
individual papers or panel proposals to unccpotterconference@gmail.com by
September 1, 2011.  Please include the paper title, your name (and names of
all panel presenters if applicable), your institution, and your affiliation
(faculty, student, other). Individual presentations should be 10-15 minutes
in length, while panel presentations should last for 45 minutes. Graduate
and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

For more information, please visit: http://www.potterwatchconference.com

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