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Friday, July 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Making Magic: Fandom, Community, and Meaningful Lives

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As increasing number of people in the West, particularly young, educated people are dissatisfied with traditional religious institutions. But these individuals continue to make meaningful lives, and fandom is an appealing structure for many. In this presentation, Jodie will explore fandom, particularly the Harry Potter fandom, as a vital and important element in contemporary Western culture that exists alongside, and sometimes as alternative to, more traditional religious options. Borrowing from fan studies, philosophy, literature, and religious studies, this presentation will use the Hero's Journey mythic structure as an entry point for this complex discussion.

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Jodie Vann

Chair of Academic Programming
Jodie is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology of Religion, currently residing in Arizona.  Her current academic work focuses on the "spiritual, but not religious" movement, and ways in which people create meaningful lives outside of traditional religious structures.  She teaches... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Del Mar II
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Religion and Philosophy