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Mythopoeic Society

a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy


Mythcon 40 - July 2009

This call for papers expired on May 22, 2009.
Please join us at Mythcon 40 to hear the selected papers.

Mythcon 40 Call For Papers

Mythcon XL
The 40th Annual Mythopoeic Conference
UCLA – DeNeve Plaza
Los Angeles, California
July 17‐20, 2009

Conference Theme: “Sailing the Seas of Imagination”
Scholar Guest of Honor: Diana Pavlac Glyer
Author Guest of Honor: James A Owen

Call for Papers

Professor Glyer is the Conference’s Scholar Guest. Her book, The Company They Keep, is being hailed as the best work yet on the Inklings as a creative and collaborative group. She is well versed in Inklings’ studies, focusing on the effect of a creative community upon individual creators.

James A. Owen is the author of the young adult novels Here, There Be Dragons and The Search for the Red Dragon. He is also the writer and artist of the independent comic series Starchild.

Of special interest this year are examinations of all aspects of the creative process in the Inklings’ works, and in particular, the concept of artistic community. Papers dealing with the work of the Guests of Honor, on young adult fantasy and science fiction, on artists and writers in community, and in any other aspect of the conference theme are especially encouraged. Seaborne imagery is important to much mythopoeic fantasy, especially in the motif of sailing to unknown lands.

Each paper will be given a one-hour slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum.

Two presenters who wish to give short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society.

All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual (2nd edition).

Please include your AV requests, or any other technical concerns you have, as all equipment MUST be arranged in advance.

All paper presenters must register for the full conference; please see the Mythcon 40 web page, [<a href="http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mythcon-40/“>www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/40/], for information and rates.

Paper abstracts (250 words maximum), along with contact information, should be have been sent to the Papers Coordinator by May 22, 2009.