Call for Papers – UNC-Charlotte Potter Watch Conference 2013

The Future of Harry Potter the 2013 PotterWatch Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
April 6, 2013
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 children’s story became an international best-selling series– yet with the release of the final Deathly Hallows movie and the conclusion of midnight-premiere traditions, fans and scholars are left wondering what the future of Harry Potter will be. Harry Potter panels are being removed from academic conferences yet Universal Studios is expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What’s next for the Harry? Will the books stand the test of time? How have fans ensured the longevity of the series?

This April, PotterWatch, the official Harry Potter club of UNC Charlotte will be hosting an academic conference primarily focusing on the future of the Harry Potter fandom, however, we invite submissions of all paper topics in relation to the Harry Potter series, from all academic disciplines.

Suggested topics include:

  • Harry Potter in the academic setting
  • Fan responses to the series (fan-fiction, wizard rock, quidditch, etc.)
  • Generational appeal (the crossover novel)
  • Harry Potter online (Pottermore, Tumblr, online communities)
  • Warner Brothers and the Potter franchise

To be considered for presentation, please submit a 250-word abstract for individual papers or panel proposals to by February 15, 2013. 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 on the conference, go to!

About The Nerdy Blogger

Ashley Thomas is The Nerdy Blogger. She holds a B. A. in English Literature from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee (c/o 2007) and completed her M. A. in Literature and Language, concentrating in Imaginative Literature at Signum University in Summer 2017. Ashley blogs, reads, writes (for fun and for hire), and spends time with her husband, Ryan, and their two cat-monsters, Luna and Oliver. She and Ryan reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with a large quantity of board games, comic books, and polyhedral dice. She would like to be Brienne of Tarth, Leslie Knope, and Hermione Granger when she grows up.
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