HARRY POTTER: RECONTEXTUALIZING THE MAGIC



ONE-DAY SEMINAR ORGANIZED BY JNU FORUM FOR MUTUAL LEARNING 
COMMITTEE ROOM, CENTRAL LIBRARY, JNU 
20th SEPTEMBER, 2014 (SATURDAY)



Concept Note

The first ever conference organized by the JNU Forum for Mutual Learning is titled “Harry Potter: Recontextualizing the Magic”. Almost two decades since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as we begin to gain historical distance, it is now perhaps opportune to begin contextualizing Harry Potter as a popular cultural phenomenon. This conference aims at bringing together a wide spectrum of viewpoints about ways in which this can be achieved, and the methodologies best suited for the purpose. Impediments to this endeavor are plenty, not least among them being the immense popularity of the Harry Potter books and films which forces onto it a timelessness, or at least a classicality which it becomes imperative to deconstruct. The most obvious way to do this, then, would be to look at the ways in which Harry Potter perpetuates popular cultural tropes – evaluating the larger narratives such as those of magic, good and evil and so on vis-√†-vis the more particular thematic strains which work in Rowling: like the radicalization of education or the allegorization of British (and European) history. However, it is also crucial, for example, to follow the money, as it were, and examine the ways in which Harry Potter has generated in multiple sectors. It is our objective to create a wide spectrum of positions and opinions and institute a much needed critical reading of Harry Potter, this conference being one of the very first of its kind. 


Program Schedule: 


9:30 AM – REGISTRATION
10:00 AM -WELCOME ADDRESS – AMARTYA PAUL (CONVENER, JNUFML)
INAUGURAL ADDRESS – DR. RAMESH C. GAUR (LIBRARIAN, CENTRAL LIBRARY, JNU)
INTRODUCTION – SARONIK BOSU (JNUFML)


10:30 AM – 10: 45 AM - TEA BREAK


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – SESSION I
“PAST, PRESENT AND POTTER”

CHAIR: PROF. MAKARAND R. PARANJAPE, CES, SLL&CS, JNU

SPEAKERS:       

KULDEEP PATOWARY (CENTRE FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES, JNU) – “HARRY POTTER AND THE TIME CAPSULE: NOTIONS OF THE MEDIEVAL”

AKASH RAHA (CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, JNU) – “CONTEXTUALIZING HARRY POTTER AS A NARRATIVE OF THE THIRD REICH”

PARAMITA BHATTACHARYA (DEPT. OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY) – “HARRY POTTER THROUGH THE FOUCAULDIAN LENS: EXPLORING FANTASY FICTION”


12: 15 PM -  1:45 PM – SESSION II
“CHARACTERS IN CONTEXT”

CHAIR: ABHIJA GHOSH, PH.D.  SCHOLAR, CENTRE FOR CINEMA STUDIES, JNU

SPEAKERS:       
C.S. BHAGYA (CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, JNU) – “PLAYING HAPPY FAMILIES: GENDERING THE WEASLEY FAMILY”

INDRASENA MUKHOPADHYAY (DEPT. OF ENGLISH, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY) – “’IT IS OUR CHOICES HARRY, THAT SHOW WHAT WE TRULY ARE, FAR MORE THAN OUR ABILITIES’: EXPLORING MULTIPLE HEROES IN HARRY POTTER

SHARON PHILIP (CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, JNU) – “SNAPE AS TEACHER: DISOBEDIENCE AND HEROIC LOVE AS TOOLS OF INSTRUCTION IN HARRY POTTER


1:45 PM – 2:45 PM- LUNCH



2:45  PM-4:15  PM  - SESSION III
“MYTHS, MOTIFS AND MAGIC”

CHAIR: PROF. G. ARUNIMA, CENTRE FOR WOMEN’S STUDIES, JNU

 SPEAKERS: 

MANASI SAXENA (CENTRE FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES, JNU) – “DEATH, THE LAST ENEMY: GRIEF AND LOSS IN THE HARRY POTTER SERIES”
               
KANAD SINHA (CENTRE FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES, JNU) – “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY QUESTION: J.K. ROWLING’S PHILOSOPHICAL ENCOUNTERS WITH THE QUESTION OF OVERCOMING DEATH”

SHUVATRI DASGUPTA (DEPT. OF HISTORY, PRESIDENCY UNIVERSITY) – “WECOMING THE POPULAR EUROPE: HARRY’S JOURNEY FROM HOGWARTS TO INDIA ON THE JADUI CHHARI


4:15 PM – 5:45 PM – SESSION IV
“POTTER IN PARATEXT”

CHAIR: LAXMI MENON, PH.D. SCHOLAR, CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, JNU

SPEAKERS:       

BIKRAM BORA (CENTRE FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES, JNU) – “MUGGLE MARAUDERS, UP TO NO GOOD EITHER! – MAPPING OF POTTERVERSE AND PARTICIPATORY CULTURES”
               
HARLEEN BAGGA (DEPT. OF ENGLISH, ST. STEPHEN’S COLLEGE) – “JAPANIZATION OF HARRY POTTER FANART”

RAJARSHI BANERJEE (DEPT. OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD) – “HARRY POTTER: FROM COVER TO COVER”

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM

VALEDICTORY ADDRESS – PROF. SUDHIR KR. SOPORY (VICE -CHANCELLOR, JNU)
DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFICATES


6:00 PM ONWARDS – TEA
OPEN DISCUSSION FOR ENHANCING THE ACTIVITIES OF     THE FORUM 

                           *Lunch will be served to first 100 people