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CFP: All topics relating to Harry Potter Novels and/or Fan Community

deadline for submissions:
November 30, 2016

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Call for Proposals, MISTI-Con 2017

Deadline for submissions: 11/30/2016

Date by which proposers shall be notified: 12/31/2016

Convention dates: 5/18-5/22/2017

Proposals should include a title, 300-500 word abstract, a 50-100 word summary, and a biography of 100 words or fewer, contact information, and the proposer’s academic or other affiliation, if any; the submission form contains requests for needs such as audio-visual equipment. Further details and more information on programming at

MISTI-Con 2017 is a small, immersive Harry Potter fan convention with a serious academic component sponsored by The Group That Shall Not Be Named (HP-NYC) in Laconia, New Hampshire. MISTI-Con 2017 is the third of these conventions: the first was held in 2013 and the second in 2015.

MISTI-Con is designed to be a completely immersive experience. The convention has exclusive use of all the hotel rooms and conference facilities. This allows us to create a complete wizarding environment that our guests can participate and indulge in as much or as little as they wish. MISTI-Con fundamentally believes that the Harry Potter fandom’s greatest strength is its creativity and participatory nature.

As a part of the immersive experience, each MISTI-Con is organized around a specific theme. MISTI-Con 2017 is Coming Home, in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone.

Programming includes the academic, fan-based, and educational elements of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and related media. Academic approaches to Harry Potter are welcomed: the conference particularly encourages the “aca-fan,” or participant-observer, approach to Harry Potter studies. Programming formats may range from academic paper presentations or demonstrations to informal roundtables. While we hope you will be inspired by our theme celebrating the beginning of the Harry Potter series, proposals on all aspects of the Potterverse are welcome.

Proposals are sought for presentations, papers, panels, roundtables, and workshops on any topic
relating to the Harry Potter novels, films, and/or the fan

Academic specialties might include, but are not limited to:

Literary and Media Studies—analysis of the books or films

Performance Studies—performances, fandom, and cosplay

Biological sciences, such as botany and zoology—bestiaries, fantastic beasts, and herbology

Physical sciences, such as chemistry, physics, and astronomy

Global studies and linguistics—global reception, the Potter books in translation

Sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, spirituality, social justice, gender and LGBTQ studies—Harry Potter as it relates to any of these, or the Potter books and films as viewed through one of these or any other academic discipline

Education, pedagogy, literacy, and Harry Potter in the classroom

For further information and to access the submission form, go to