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Terminus took place August 7-11, 2008. If you missed Terminus, please visit the Narrate Conferences website for information on upcoming events, including Sirens.

Academic Programming

The conference programming for Terminus can be divided into two main categories. The first is academic programming, which includes papers (or lectures or talks), panels, pre-empaneled sets of papers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and other offerings that combine elements of these formal presentation styles. Thoughtful analysis of topics related to the Harry Potter series is the mark of these presentations, whether they draw on literature, fields such as business or teaching, the phenomenon, fan studies, or creative areas such as writing or art. Presenters are encouraged to address the Harry Potter series broadly or narrowly, to place it within larger contexts, and to collaborate. All attendees and potential attendees were invited to submit proposals to be part of Terminusís academic programming; we had no academic, age or affiliation requirements for submission, except that presenters must be old enough to attend Terminus. With suggested presentation styles ranging from the traditional to the inventive, scholars, professionals, artists and fans from all educational and professional backgrounds will have the opportunity to come together and share their work across disciplines. There will be many opportunities for discussion, debate, and analysis, and attendees may immerse themselves according to their interests.

Independent vetting boards selected a balanced schedule from the proposals submitted in response to our Call for Papers. Attendees may review the topics the vetting boards chose to include on our Accepted Proposals page, and may review the academic programming schedule here.

The second category of programming for Terminus is exploratory programming, which includes informal, hands-on activities arranged by the conference staff, and proposals submitted for Artists and Authors Night, such as fanfiction readings, fanart portfolio showings, and the art gallery (which will run throughout the conference), as well as booths devoted to the production of art and writing where attendees can request a sketch or short story, or request that another person provide feedback on their own creative work. Information on those presentations may be found on our Accepted Proposals page as well.

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This conference is not endorsed, sanctioned or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J. K. Rowling and her representatives. All code and art copyright © 2006–11 Narrate Conferences, Inc.

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