Magic is Might 2012: An International Academic Conference Exploring the Cultural Influences of the Harry Potter Books and Films
Hosted by the University of Limerick Department of Sociology and by the UL Interaction Design Centre.
University of Limerick, Ireland
July 23-24 2012
The Harry Potter series has become a publishing phenomenon that has captured the imagination of children and adults all over the world. The stories created by J.K. Rowling have inspired extensive multidisciplinary academic discussion, ranging from cultural and literary analyses, sociological and philosophical interpretations, design practices, to recognised medical publications. Conferences have taken place that focused on the impact that the novels have had on the world and their educational contribution and edited collections have been produced centering on themes of philosophy, religion, sociology, and critical analysis, to name just a few. The characters' relationships, the political and social systems, and cultural commentaries woven into Rowling’s writing are just some examples of what makes the Harry Potter series an exciting framework for academic discourse in a number of areas. This two-day event will feature twenty 15-20 minute presentations on papers relating to popular culture and the Harry Potter series. We will encourage intensive and lively discussion and debate around the papers over the two days in this intimate setting. The conference will feature opening remarks by Dr. Eoin Devereux, author of "Understanding the Media", Head of the UL Dept. of Sociology and a world-renowned expert on fandom, and a keynote presentation by Dom Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, Abbott of Glenstal Abbey, lecturer and writer, on "Harry Potter" Archetype of the Child as our future in the 21st Century".
Wizards, Muggles, established academics and postgraduate students are invited to join the conference!
Gráinne O’Brien (University of Limerick, Ireland) Dr. Luigina Ciolfi (University of Limerick, Ireland) Jadwiga O’Brien (National University of Galway, Ireland) Lette Moloney (MoloneyMedia and Interaction Design Centre, UL)
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This conference is NOT authorized by J.K. Rowling, her US or UK publishers, WB, Universal Studios or any other official Harry Potter related or trademarked entity.