Harry Potter researcher visits BU

Dr Marianne Martens, recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow in the School of Journalism, English and Communication, visited BU for 3 weeks in September. Dr Martens is Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Information. Her research covers the interconnected fields of youth services librarianship and publishing, and the impact of interactive reading technologies. Previously, she was vice president of North-South Books in New York. Martens is the author of Publishers, Readers, and Digital Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). You can read more about her work at mariannemartens.org.

During her visit, Dr Martens met with students from MA Literary Media and MA Creative Writing and Publishing. She also delivered a research seminar to the Narrative Research Group on her latest area of research, focusing on the fan site Pottermore and how and why fans contribute their labour in support of Harry Potter, and the ensuing tensions between fans and the corporations who own him.  In addition, she managed to fit in a visit to Harry Potter World in London and Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross.  Marianne’s is the second visit from Kent State to the School of Journalism, English and Communication this year, and we look forward to welcoming her back and to continuing to explore collaborations between our institutions