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04 May 2010 @ 12:13 pm
We're pleased to announce that the compendium from Terminus, titled Terminus: Collected Papers on Harry Potter, 7-11 August 2008, is now available. E-mail announcements are winging their way to you now, but inevitably, some owls will get lost, so we're spreading the word here too.

We greatly appreciated your patience with us as we worked on publishing the compendium, and we hope that you'll enjoy the final product. Many presenters contributed their analyses and articles, and the book includes perspectives on Harry Potter as part of the curriculum, an analysis of the wizarding world's legal system, criticism of gender roles in the series, sets of questions from roundtable discussions, and many additional essays. You can review the table of contents by visiting the Terminus compendium page here: http://www.terminus2008.org/compendium/

You can order a copy of the Terminus compendium via the link above, and as other retail outlets include the book in their catalogs, we'll update our listings. At present, we've made the compendium available through our print-on-demand outlet, Lulu, though we expect it to be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and others at a later date. In the meantime, if you purchase through Lulu before May 31, 2010, and use the coupon code FLOWERS at checkout, you'll receive 10% off the compendium's price.

Thank you again to all of the compendium's contributors. We hope that you'll enjoy the collection as much as we have! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at info@narrateconferences.org.

Finally, I wanted to remind you that Sirens, a conference about women in fantasy (as readers, writers, and characters), is celebrating its second year this October in Vail, Colorado. Our guests this year include Marie Brennan, Holly Black, and Terri Windling. Programming proposals will be accepted through May 10, and we'd love to have you in attendance. For more information, the website at http://www.sirensconference.org has registration, travel, and event details.
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07 July 2008 @ 09:03 pm
In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels, pre-empaneled papers, fanfiction readings, workshops and gallery art and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to highlight a few Terminus programs that you might be unfamiliar with. As you can see on the schedule page, there are educational programs, evening events, and a variety of activities to keep you busy.

Talk Show
On Friday, The North Star Live!, our wizarding talk show, invites attendees to sit in our studio audience while several hosts interview guests about their Harry Potter experiences. Segments of The North Star Live! will be dedicated to fan works, academia and community, and our hosts will attempt to discover what makes Harry different, why we’ve followed his path with him, and how he’s changed our lives, our classrooms, our businesses, and our imaginations.

Fandom Trail
FictionAlley, the FictionAlley eMentors, Fornjot's Apprentice School of Wizardry in Clowning, HPANA, the On-line Wizarding Library, and the Swiss Shippers will have tables at the Fandom Trail -- and you can visit them and take a turn at the Fandom Trail game. Roll the dice and find out if you move two steps forward, two steps back, or lose a turn...

Wizards’ Lost and Found
Attendees arriving early on the first day of the conference are invited to take part in the Wizards’ Lost and Found competition, which will send participants out into the streets to collect Muggle artifacts from the community. (One hint: The "Point Me!" spell will help with navigation – and Lake Michigan is to the east!) Visit the Room of Requirement at noon on Thursday, August 7, to join in.

The Odyssey
As Odysseus explored the world, so must you—but instead of wandering for ten years, you need only devote a few days to tackling The Odyssey. In this weekend-long, at-your-own-pace quest, you will be challenged to collect treasures and memories from all that the conference has to offer. No Trojan Horse is required. Sign up in the Astoria Room when you pick up your registration. Especially recommended for those attending their first conference.

Magical Mystery
How is your sleuthing? Have you honed your powers of observation? Do you have a supply of Veritaserum? Can you wrangle the truth out of witnesses who may not even understand what they saw? A wizard has been killed, a handful of witnesses are at your disposal, and the clock is running. Can you help Chicago’s Finest Aurors? Visit the Information Desk in the Astoria Room to pick up the mystery at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, and you'll proceed to the Bon Voyage Ball to puzzle it all out.

Throughout the conference, the Pan-Magical Games will include a series of writing and art challenges, brainteasers, games and logic puzzles. Attendees can participate in one or all of the challenges, alone or in teams. The winner or winners of each challenge will earn points toward Aeolian University’s Tempest Cup. Please review the activities schedule in your program book to find out where--and when--to take the challenges.

Drabbles, Drawbles, and Craftables
If you prefer to stretch your creativity solo, drop in on this program. A new prompt will be available on the hour, and you'll respond with words, pictures, or crafty materials. Let your imagination take the lead!

Favorite Things
After the Departure Breakfast, we'll hold a few rounds of Favorite Things. We'll have a set of the Harry Potter books on hand, and we invite you to share your favorite sentence, paragraph, or page, as well as why it's your favorite.

Impromptu Roundtables
On Monday morning, after we've given awards and had a bite to eat, we'll hold Impromptu Roundtables. If you still want to talk about Remus Lupin, or the significance of baby Voldemort, or the heritability of Veela traits, stop by the Impromptu Roundtable and sign up for a...round table! If you'd like to join in a mini-discussion section, stop by to see what is on offer, and join any table. Topics should be appropriate for ages 14 and up, and for a general audience.

For more information, please see your program book, which you'll receive when you pick up your registration after noon on Thursday, August 7. See you in Chicago!
23 June 2008 @ 06:40 pm
There are only eight days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door.

In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels, pre-empaneled papers, and gallery art and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to feature some fanfiction readings. Fanfiction readings will be scheduled on Artists and Authors Night, and both budding and experienced fan authors will read excerpts of their work. Each and every one would appreciate having a few listeners, and you're welcome to interact with them by asking questions about their stories and writing process. We hope you'll consider dropping by a reading, even for a few minutes. A few of the readings are detailed below.
Always You
A revisit to Snape’s worst memory. Harry discovers the secret hidden by his father’s apparent loathing of Severus Snape.

No Loyalty in the Moonlight
Because some secrets aren't meant to stay buried--years after the Final Battle, Hermione will have to confront her own, even those she's kept from herself. (HG/SS; Deathly Hallows disregarded.)

Not Here
“No honor was given to the fallen heroes of the war. But one lies alone and forgotten and deserving of so much more. She will see to it.” Post-Deathly Hallows.

To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.
16 June 2008 @ 04:41 pm
In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to point out a style of presentation that a few presenters select each year: pre-empaneled papers. A group of presenters submits a set of papers for consideration, often themed or building upon one another. Presenters may read closely from their papers, or they may speak more casually, and one member of the group may interview presenters about their topics. One pre-empaneled set of papers was accepted for Terminus:

Harry Potter VII: Rereading the Series Through the Final Volume

Fantasy, Realism and Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels
Amy Billone
This paper argues that the seventh Harry Potter novel reformulates the relationship between fantasy and realism in the series. While the earlier books move progressively toward a horrifying Gothic landscape, in the final novel terror defeats horror and realism continues to play a dominant role. Indeed, J. K. Rowling was as influenced by Jane Austen (her favorite writer) as she was by Austen’s Gothic precursors, Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis. The paper will demonstrate how in the final Harry Potter book fantasy merges with realism, fulfilling readers’ needs at the turn from the twentieth to the twenty-first century.

The Problem of Snape’s Redemption
Naomi Wood
Severus Snape is arguably the most complex character of the entire Harry Potter opus. Introduced as a sadistic teacher and former ally of Voldemort, he is revealed to be Dumbledore’s secret weapon against Voldemort and the unrequited lover of Lily Potter. In classic Rowling fashion, the revelations of Deathly Hallows force readers to adjust their preconceptions, re-view the crucial actions, and ponder the significance of such “mixed” qualities in a novel about absolute evil and the power of love. This paper examines Snape’s contradictory role to determine whether Snape merits his posthumous “godfathership” of Harry’s son.

Harry Potter VII: What the Ending Teaches Us
Elisabeth Gruner
The paper focuses on Hogwarts and the pedagogy implied in the series: book seven’s departure from Hogwarts suggests that “un-schooling”--represented by both experiential learning and story-telling--is better preparation for life than the rote learning of the traditional boarding school.

To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.
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19 May 2008 @ 06:28 pm
In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to feature a few panels. Panels are a discussion between several participants, and led by a moderator. The moderator and panelists may or may not take questions from the audience, depending on the direction of their presentation.

Becoming Your Enemy: Ethics in Harry Potter
Kenneth L. Schneyer, Anthony Buenning, Rob Smith, Karen Morris
In the final three books--Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows--we gain an increased awareness of how much Rowling’s heroes must sacrifice in vanquishing evil. This panel will discuss the ethics of playing by your enemy’s rules in order to defeat them. From Dumbledore’s Army, devised initially to provide alternative Defense Against the Dark Arts instruction and transformed to a complex resistance movement, to Deathly Hallows’ revelation of Dumbledore’s own past, the characters’ pursuit of the greater good is shown to follow some rather dark paths. Does wartime create exceptions to acceptable behavior, and if so, how far do they stretch? What are the moral and ethical costs? If you act like your enemy, have you already lost?

I Was a Teenage Potterhead: How the Chosen One Helped Us Through College
Megan Kowalski, Shaelynn M. Wolfe, Melissa Kliemann, Bailey Wellman, Joshua Benson
This presentation will focus on the use of Harry Potter in academia. As undergraduate or graduate students of Central Michigan University, all of the panelists have had varying experiences with Harry Potter, both formally in the classroom and informally on campus. Their experiences include (but are not limited to) a graduate-level seminar focusing on the Harry Potter series, academic discussion using aspects of literary theory as part of a book club, making new friends and meeting new people thanks to participation in class or book clubs, and using knowledge of Harry Potter to help further their education in specialized fields, including English, broadcasting, psychology, music, and computer science.

Writing in the Margins: Characterization and the Art of Navigating Between Canon and Fanon Snape
Femme (femmequixotic), Djinnj, Go Seaward, Beth H.
Fans interpreting canon create a wide spectrum of characterizations. Rarely has the spectrum been so broad as it is with Snape. Using Snape as a test case, the panelists will discuss the limits of what we can consider a canon characterization and whether fanon interpretations contradict or align with canon. The panelists will discuss specific varieties of Snape, in otheir own fanfiction and in others’, and the effect of community and genre on authors’ Snape choices.

To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.
Current Mood: thoughtfulinterested
12 May 2008 @ 08:34 pm
Those of you who are subscribed to one of the Phoenix Rising, Terminus, or Narrate Conferences newsletters, as well as those of you who have registered for either Phoenix Rising or Terminus, have already heard the news: The Phoenix Rising compendium is now available! You can find out more information about the included papers and presentations and how to obtain a copy here. Thank you again to all the presenters who contributed!
Last week, we highlighted a few of our roundtables in The North Star. Today, we'd like to highlight several fanart portfolios. These portfolios allow artists to share more pieces than they might be able to in the gallery as well as to share the stories behind their art. This is the first time we've had fanart portfolios as part of our programming, so we hope you'll enjoy them! All of the portfolios below will be presented on Artists and Authors Night, which is Saturday, August 9.

Rana Raeuchle
This portfolio, created with watercolors, pencils and ballpoint pens, features “cover art” for fanfics, character studies, and watercolor portraits of a few favorite characters.

Generalmanda, Renee L. Antoine
Many fans have created fascinating, detailed costumes inspired by the Harry Potter books and films. This living art portfolio will feature wizarding attire. Cameras are welcome! If you have a costume that you’ve created that you want to show off, please meet us at PDR 1 at 10:30 p.m. to join the portfolio.

Shae Merritt
This portfolio includes a collection of Harry Potter-themed purses and bags created with electrical tape.

To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.
Current Mood: thoughtfulinterested
30 April 2008 @ 04:20 pm
Very early in the morning Thursday--at 12:01 a.m.--the price for the basic Terminus package will jump to $180. Currently, you can purchase five days of conference, including more than 150 hours of programming, three evening events, two full meals and a conference t-shirt, for $160. Why pay more? Register now!

Also, our Fandom Sponsors Fandom program, by which fandom can sponsor Artists and Authors Night, our fandom showcase event, is also coming to an end early on Thursday. We have already raised $2000, and if we receive another $500 before Thursday, we'll donate 20% of that $2500 to Book Aid International. Thank you so, so much to everyone who has already donated! You've helped make Artists and Authors Night an amazing event for fandom.

Finally, be sure to submit your art for the gallery and any last applications for the beta, sketch, and art critique booths this evening so that we can recognize you in the program book. If you've been hesitant to jump in, please don't be--we'd love to have you participate!
Questions? Concerns? E-mail us at help[AT]terminus2008.org.

See you in Chicago!
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26 April 2008 @ 02:30 pm
May 1 is our last day for Fandom Sponsors Fandom. We've been inching toward enough to also make a donation to BookAid, and we'd love to add more groups, communities, and so on to the list here. We've raised a little over $1600, but we have to reach $2500 to pass on the BookAid donation. If you've been waiting to donate, now's your chance to jump in and support the fan community, as well as Artists and Authors Night at Terminus--which is all about the incredible creativity produced by you!

Of course, we'd love to have more of you participate, too. Do you create 2-D art*, such as drawings, photos, or scans of your art? Can we put it on display at Terminus at no cost to you? Please feel free to spread around and to send people to the gallery submissions by April 30, and e-mail us at galleryATterminus2008.org if you'd like us to print your art for our display. We'd also love to have some more art booth staffers who can sketch miniature pieces on badges, art critiquers who can give budding and experienced artists an extra set of eyes, and beta readers. The same deadline applies, and booth staffers must be completely registered to take part.

*We have lots of fabulous 3-D art, but the only 3-D art we can take at this point has to be something that can stand alone or that can come with its own display materials.

Finally, Thoth's Tournament of Knowledge is sold out, so if you still want to play, you should probably head over to the forums and pick up a ticket there, or e-mail triviaATterminus2008.org to get on the waiting list. Cheryl Klein's keynote has been sold out for some time, though those interested in getting a ticket may e-mail registrationATterminus2008.org to have their names added to the waiting list for that event.

Questions? Concerns? E-mail helpATterminus2008.org.

See you in Chicago!

--the Terminus staff
18 February 2008 @ 03:33 pm
Even though most programming submissions for Terminus are closed, we still have some opportunities for you to take part! We are still happy to receive the following types of proposals:

-gallery art (completed works of art and craft and documentation of works in progress that will be completed for display at Terminus; those with gallery art on display at Terminus need not be able to attend the conference, and the conference will print 2-D art on an artist's behalf by request through gallery[AT]terminus2008[DOT]org)

-fanart portfolios (collections of more than 5 pieces of art and/or craft, as well as collections such as costumes, that you might not be able to leave in the gallery for the entire weekend)

-booth applications (we would particularly like to receive applications for the beta, sketch and art critique booths, though drabble booth submissions are still open)

All submissions must be made online through the exploratory programming submissions system by March 1.

Also, please remember that the vetting board and programming team have been working overtime to sort through many, many programming proposals for workshops, presentations, fanfiction readings, panels, and roundtables. Please allow until March 1 to hear about the status of these types of proposals.

Thanks, and best of luck!

Questions? Send them to programming[AT]terminus2008[DOT]org.