HPEF presents Infinitus 2010, a Harry Potter conference            TEXT  MENU

July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida

Wizard Rock Roundtable: A Social Critique
Kelli Rohlman & Jennifer Terrell

In this roundtable discussion, we will be addressing several popular topics within the wizard rock community, including social, political and civic activism, tolerance, importance of participation through technology, and gender and sexuality. It will be a critical examination of the wizard rock portion of the Harry Potter fandom, as we explore the action (or lack thereof?) behind the community rhetoric. This roundtable discussion is open to anyone; we welcome all points of view to be present, even if they are not favorable. We encourage attendees to come with their opinions ready, whether positive or negative.

It is important to note that this will not be an hour to discuss which bands are our favorite, but instead a chance to reflect and evaluate the fandom’s social issues as they are represented in Wizard Rock.

Kelli Rohlman has been a Harry Potter fan since 1999. She discovered wizard rock while listening to podcasts, and began academic work on the subject in 2008. In 2009, she became a staff writer for Accio-Potter.com, and writes a regular column dealing with fandom topics titled “Inside Wizard Nation.” She holds degrees in Music Education and Musicology from Texas Tech University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicolgy at the University of Memphis, which allows her to continue studying popular music and fan culture.  Her website TheWrockBlog.com hosts field notes and media pertaining to her ongoing wizard rock  research.  In her free time, Kelli enjoys doing work for her wizard rock band The Sweetwater All-Stars, and is a regular on the collaborative YouTube channel “7 Awesome Wizards.”  She is excited and deeply honored to have the opportunity to work so closely and extensively with Wizard Rock, the musicians, and the entire fandom.

Jennifer Terrell has been involved in the Harry Potter fandom since 2004. She found wizard rock through co-hosting the AlleyCast podcast and in 2007 she began critically studying the phenomenon. With an undergraduate degree in anthropology, Jennifer now attends Indiana University in pursuit of her PhD in social informatics, where she is able to combine her love of studying people, technology, and wizard rock.
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