Ascendio 2012 opens Call for Papers

Are you going to Ascendio 2012? It’s H.P.E.F.’s latest Harry Potter conference, scheduled to take place next summer from July 12th to 15th. Like its predecessor, “Infinitus,” it is set in one of the Universal Orlando hotels by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. This time, however, it’s at the Portofino Bay Resort, a much classier and larger facility!

This week, Ascendio has opened its Call for Papers, an annual invitation to submit your work of any kind to be considered as formal programming during the Harry Potter convention. From their web site:

Proposals are sought for presentations, papers, moderated panels, and workshops on any topic relating to the Harry Potter universe and/or the fan community. Special evening sessions will be scheduled for adult programming, and we encourage proposals for a wide range of content.

More on the convention’s theme:

Our conference theme this year, Taking Flight, echoes the many breathtaking heights and perilous flights throughout the Harry Potter series: we recall Fawkes’s mournful exodus from Hogwarts after the death of Dumbledore; Harry’s sheer joy on his wild dive to catch Neville’s Remembrall; the thrills of Quidditch (both in and out of the book!); Harry, Ron and Hermione’s escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon; and the three “flights” that shaped the life of Sirius Black, among many other gravity-defying moments. Beyond the literal flights of fancy, there’s the wider theme of rising above challenges – a common theme in Harry’s life, and that of all his friends and family. The possibilities for discussion are endless.

MuggleNet is very excited to attend Ascendio, as we have each of H.P.E.F.’s conferences in the past. You can read the latest Ascendio newsletter at this link, and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. If you haven’t registered, be sure to tell them MuggleNet sent you!

Eric S.

Eric Scull joined MuggleNet in November of 2002. Since that time, he’s presided over a number of sections, including name origins and Dear Hogwarts, but none so long as the recently revived Crazy Caption Contest. Eric is a Hufflepuff who lives in Chicago and loves the outdoors.