Mythcon 49
July 20 - 23, 2018

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Mythcon 49

On​ ​the​ ​Shoulders​ ​of​ ​Giants

Atlanta, Georgia
July 20 - 23, 2018


Call for Papers

The Mythopoeic Society has launched into a series of 50th anniversaries: the founding of the Society in 2017; the initial solicitation of articles for Mythlore in 2018; and of our Mythopoeic conferences in 2019. Because of the way that Inklings scholarship has built on a series of good foundations, for Mythcon 49 we've chosen the theme, On​ ​the​ ​Shoulders​ ​of​ ​Giants.

Guests of Honor

Robin Anne Reid Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her teaching areas are creative writing, critical theory, and marginalized literatures. She edited the two-volume Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, published in 2009 by Greenwood Press. She co-directed two N.E.H. Tolkien Institutes for School Teachers on Teaching Tolkien (2004, 2009) with Dr. Judy Ann Ford, History, A&M-Commerce. She and Dr. Ford team-taught a series of undergraduate and graduate courses on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, both face to face and online. Their collaborative essay, '…things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be:' Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings On-Line, is included in Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works, edited by Dr. Leslie Donovan, published by The Modern Language Association of America in 2015.

Dr. Reid and Dr. Ford have also published on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. Recent Tolkien publications are an essay on female bodies and femininities in The Lord of the Rings in The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium, edited by Christopher Vaccaro, a bibliographic essay on the history of scholarship on female characters in Tolkien's work in Perilous and Fair, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan, and a bibliographic essay on race and Tolkien studies in Tolkien and Alterity, edited by Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor. Besides her work on Tolkien and feminist science fiction, she has also published on fan productions and fan activism in online media fandom. She is a regular contributor to "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies" in the annual journal, Tolkien Studies.

Legolas of Mirkwood by Donato Giancola Our Artist Guest of Honor is Donato Giancola. He balances modern concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. He also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Massachusetts and online through the SmArt School, and appears at various institutions, seminars, and conventions, from San Diego to Rome to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics. Please see his full bio on his website for influences, awards, and credits. And then enjoy a leisurely and inspiring cruise through his gallery!


Mythcon 49 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. This is our first Mythcon in the South in 15 years! The last one was Mythcon 34 in Nashville, Tennesee. We will be at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown, right in the heart of the city near all of the tourist destinations.

We have arranged for a preferred guest rate of $159 per room per night at the Ritz-Carlton. When booking you will need to identify yourself as an attendee of Mythcon 49, more details about this are below. We recommend staying at the Ritz, not only to be in the middle of things and avoid a long, late-night walk back from the hospitality suite, but also so the conference is credited with your room nights.

Guests can contact the Ritz-Carlton call center at 1-800-241-3333 and state that they are coming to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown), for Mythcon July 2018 and provide the agent with their requested dates of stay; the agent will identify your group rate of $159.00.

Guests can also reserve online at - enter their desired dates of stay, enter the seven letter Group/Promotion code MCJMCJA and click find to complete the reservation process.

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