Friday, December 17, 2010

CFP: "Hermione Granger Saves the World"

©2008-2010 ~thepolestar, DeviantArt
Via the Exploring Childhood Studies mailing list, a very cool sounding volume, proposed and edited by  Dr. Christopher Bell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, is looking for chapter submissions. I've shortened the ad somewhat for the purposes of this post (below), but it's worth reading the original in its entirety for a great overview of Dr. Bell's rationale for the book and its focus on Hermione. As indicated by the image I've included above (a fan portrait of Hermione created by ~thepolestar and published on DeviantArt), I'd love to see something on fans' engagements with gender/feminism and Hermione through the creation (and circulation) or art, stories and digital artifacts, though I'm not sure that would fit in the volume's current scope. Anyway, here are the details:

Call For Chapters for 'Hermione Granger Saves the World': a proposed interdisciplinary, multi-contributer volume
Our young, emergent feminist Hermione Granger is a pivotal character upon whom the entire series rests – that burden is not carried by Harry Potter solely. It is Hermione who solves almost every difficult puzzle, performs almost every difficult spell, and to whom her two male companions consistently look for guidance and advice. Quite literally, on several occasions throughout the series, Hermione Granger saves the world through her actions. This is an exceptional and accessible model for young women (and for young men as well) who are confused about how feminism manifests and operates in 2010.
Themes for discussion may include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Hermione in relationship to third-wave feminism, post-feminism and Girlie feminism
  • Hermione as activist
  • Hermione as scholar
  • Hermione’s role in The Trio
  • Hermione’s as bridge between the magical and Muggle worlds
  • Emma Watson/“Movie Hermione”
  • Hermione Granger’s place in the history of literary Hermiones
  • Hermione and archetypes
Other themes will be considered as they relate to the overall theme of the collected work. Proposals from any academic discipline will be considered. Emerging and early career scholars are encouraged to submit. Final papers should be no longer than 30 pages, including references, and should be scholarly in nature yet accessible in language and tone.
For consideration, please submit an abstract/proposal of no more than 500 words to Dr. Christopher Bell, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, at
Abstracts/proposals should be sent as Word Document attachments, and should include the author(s)’s name, affiliation, title and email contact information.
Abstracts/proposals should be submitted no later than JANUARY 28, 2011. Final papers will be due APRIL 1, 2011.

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