CFP: Philosophy of Harry Potter: October 29, 2011

***DEADLINE EXTENDED FROM 4/1 to 4/4*** 




“The Power to Imagine Better”: The Philosophy of Harry Potter


This interdisciplinary conference will be held at the campus of


Marymount Manhattan College


221 East 71st Street

New York, New York 10021


Saturday, October 29, 2011, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Regina Peruggi Room)


“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”   -J. K. Rowling

Literary Scholar John Granger maintains that the Harry Potter corpus has become the “shared text” of the 21st century.  Our attraction to this series, however, goes beyond its narrative appeal: the Harry Potter books contain a wide variety of philosophical themes that invite our study and discussion.

Submissions are welcome on any philosophical theme or issue arising in the Harry Potter corpus that intersects with metaphysics, ethics, religion, literature, and/or politics, not exceeding 20-25 minutes’ presentation time (approximately 2,500 words). Please send full essay submissions with a 150-word abstract via email (in Word, rtf, or pdf) in a format suitable for blind review by April 1, 2011 to:  Notification of acceptance will be made by June 1, 2011, and a binder of the papers accepted for presentation will be made available to all of the presenters by the end of Summer 2011.  (Conference registration fee will be $25.)


If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Coordinator, Carrie-Ann Biondi (Assistant Prof. of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies), at (212) 517-0637 or

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  1. NOTE: Deadline for paper submission is extended from Friday 4/1 to Monday 4/4.

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