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Mythcon History

To give its far-flung membership a chance to meet, and to present papers orally with audience response, The Mythopoeic Society has been holding conferences since its early days. These began with a one-day Narnia Conference in 1969, and the first annual Mythopoeic Conference was held at the Claremont Colleges (near Los Angeles) in September, 1970. (Following the 1969 Narnia conference and the first three Mythcons, the Society published small informal volumes of conference proceedings (index available) but, in subsequent years, papers were submitted to Mythlore if the scholar so chose.) The table below contains summary information about each of the Mythopoeic Conferences.

Date Details
Mythcon 1 September 4-7, 1970 Claremont, California
Mythcon 2 September 3-6, 1971 Santa Barbara, California
Mythcon 3 June 30-July 4, 1972 Long Beach, California
Mythcon 4 August 17-20, 1973 Santa Barbara, California
Mythcon 5 August 23-26, 1974 Claremont, California
The MabinogiCon: Celtic and Welsh Influence in Mythopoeic Literature
Mythcon 6 August 15-18, 1975 Claremont, California
The Fictional Worlds of C.S. Lewis
Mythcon 7 August 13-16, 1976 Sacramento, California
Arthurian Elements in Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien
Mythcon 8 August 26-29, 1977 La Jolla, California
The "Lesser" Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Mythcon 9 August 11-13, 1978 West Sacramento, California
Mythcon 10 July 12-15, 1979 San Jose, California
The Silmarillicon
Mythcon 11 July 25-28, 1980 Reno, Nevada
Joy in the Great Dance
Mythcon 12 August 7-10, 1981 Oakland, California
A Festival in Faerie
Mythcon 13 August 13-16, 1982 Orange, California
"Celtic Con": The Celtic Influence on Fantasy Literature
Mythcon 14 August 12-15, 1983 Claremont, California
Mythic Structures in Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams
Mythcon 15 August 10-13, 1984 Oakland, California
The Wood Between the Worlds
Mythcon 16 July 26-29, 1985 Wheaton, Illinois
A Kinship of Dancers: Interplay in the Lives and Works of Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams
Mythcon 17 August 8-11, 1986 Long Beach, California
The Daughters of Beatrice: Women in Fantasy
Mythcon 18 July 24-27, 1987 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Looking Back From Weathertop: A Fifty Years' Retrospective on The Hobbit
Mythcon 19 July 29-August 1, 1988 Berkeley, California
Legends for a New Land: Fantasy in America
Mythcon 20 July 28-31, 1989 Vancouver, British Columbia
Mythic Elements in Fantasy
Mythcon 21 August 3-6, 1990 Long Beach, California
Aspects of Love in Fantasy
Mythcon 22 July 26-29, 1991 San Diego, California
The Hero Cycle: Archetypes in Fantasy Literature
Mythcon 23 August 17-24, 1992 Oxford, England
The J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference
Mythcon 24 July 30-August 2, 1993 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Down the Hobbit-hole & Through the Wardrobe: Fantasy in Children's Literature
Mythcon 25 August 5-8, 1994 Washington, D.C.
The Language of Myth
Mythcon 26 August 4-7, 1995 Berkeley, California
Fairies in the Garden, Monsters at the Mall: Fantasy in the World Around Us
Mythcon 27 July 26-29, 1996 Boulder, Colorado
The Inklings and Nature: Magic in the Mountains, Wonder in the Woods
Mythcon 28 August 8-11,1997 Malibu, California
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Achievement of His Literary Life
Mythcon 29 July 15-20, 1998 Wheaton, Illinois
C.S. Lewis: A Centenary Celebration
Mythcon 30 July 30-August 2, 1999 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bree & Beyond: Exploring the Fantasy Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and His Fellow Travelers
Mythcon 31 August 18-21, 2000 Volcano, Island of Hawai'i, Hawai'i
Myth and Legend of the Pacific
Mythcon 32 August 3-6, 2001 Berkeley, California
Many Dimensions: Modern Supernatural Fiction
Mythcon 33 July 26-29, 2002 Boulder, Colorado
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy
Mythcon 34 July 25-28, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee
From Athena to Galadriel: The Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic Fiction
Mythcon 35 July 30-August 2, 2004 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bridges to Other Worlds: Thirty-five Years of Mythopoeic Scholarship
Mythcon 36 August 11-15, 2005 Birmingham, England
50 Years of The Lord of the Rings
Mythcon 37 August 4-7, 2006 Norman, Oklahoma
The Map & The Territory: Maps and Landscapes in Fantasy
Mythcon 38 August 3-6, 2007 Berkeley, California
Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery
Mythcon 39 August 15-18, 2008 New Britain, Connecticut
The Valkyrie and the Goddess: The Warrior Woman in Fantasy
Mythcon 40 July 17‐20, 2009 Los Angeles, California
Sailing the Seas of Imagination
Mythcon 41 July 9-12, 2010 Dallas, Texas
War in Heaven
Mythcon 42 July 15-18, 2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism
Mythcon 43 August 3-6, 2012 Berkeley, CA
Across the Continents: Myths and legends from Europe and Asia meet and mingle
Mythcon 44 July 12-15, 2013 East Lansing, MI
Green and Growing: The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy
Mythcon 45 August 8-11, 2014 Norton, MA
Where Fantasy Fits
Mythcon 46 July 31 - August 3, 2015 Colorado Springs, CO
The Arthurian Mythos