Mythcon 50 Schedule
August 2-5, 2019

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Mythcon 50

Looking Back, Moving Forward

San Diego, California
August 2-5, 2019

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Lunch at Mythcon 50

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A few last minute announcements about meals at The Garden cafeteria at Cuicacalli: You may eat as much as you want in the dining area BUT you may not take food off the premises (or bring outside food in). You are required to bus your plates to the carousel near the exit and leave your area clean. While there are no restrooms in The Garden cafeteria, there are restrooms downstairs in the Cuicacalli lobby BUT you must get a token/pass from the cashier in order to re-enter!

Mythcon 50 schedule

Does not include registration or informal evening events

For locations within the Aztec Student Union, please see the back of the Program Book


2:00-3:00 pm
Fisher, Jason: Recovering Lost Tales: The Found Manuscript Topos in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Tehuanco)

2:00-2:30 pm
Hatzfeld, Katherine: The Legolas/Gimli Binary: The Role of Memory and Nature for Racial Reconciliation in The Lord of the Rings (Aztlan)

2:30-3:00 pm
Allen, Moses: Thirdspaces as Safe Places (Aztlan)

3:00-5:30 pm
Art Show and Dealers: preview – open for viewing but not purchase (Templo Mayor)

3:00-4:00 pm
O’Dell, Sarah: An Unexpected Poet: The Creative Works of Dr. Robert E. Havard (Tehuanco)
Fox-Lenz, Alicia: Tolkien: The Original Millennial (Aztlan)

4:00-5:30 pm
Panel: Are there any women here today? (Tehuanco)
Leslie Donovan (moderator), Janet Croft, Verlyn Flieger, Edith Crowe, Cami Agan

4:00-4:30 pm
Crane, Christopher “Chip”: Painter to Blacksmith: The Evolution of Faerie from Leaf by Niggle to Smith of Wootton Major (Aztlan)

4:30-5:00 pm
Crane, Christopher J.: Heroes vs. Leaders: A Song to be Sung in Middle-earth and the Modern World (Aztlan)

6:00-6:45 pm
Dinner (Garden)

7:00-8:00 pm
Reception (Templo Mayor)


7:45-8:30 am
Breakfast (Garden)

9:00 am
Gather for Procession (corner of Tepeyac)

9:15-10:30 am
Opening Ceremonies; Verlyn Flieger Guest of Honor speech (Theatre)

10:30 am-5:30 pm
Art Show and Dealers: open (Templo Mayor)

10:30 am-noon
Panel: If you could ask the Inklings (Theatre)
Tim Powers (moderator), Verlyn Flieger, Diana Glyer, Bernadette Bosky

11:00 am-noon
Rogers, Bailey: Artistic Worldbuilding: an exploration of visual sub-creation (Tehuanco)

noon-1:30 pm
Lunch break

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Christopher, Joe R.: The Narnian Dilemma of Alan Jacobs (Tehuanco)
Abrahamson, Megan: “What (Loathly) Ladies Want”: Fanfiction, Fantasy, and Feminine Desire in The Wife of Bath’s Tale and The Wedding of Sir Gawain (Aztlan)
Bunting, Nancy: Tolkien’s Own Untold Tales Part I: Old Man Willow (Metztli)

2:30-3:30 pm
Panel: The Inklings and the Matter of Britain reconsidered (Tehuanco)
Ryder Miller (moderator), Don Williams, Janice Bogstad
Emerson, David: Mining the Past, Forging the Future: Mythology in Children’s Animation (Aztlan)

2:30-3:00 pm
Guyker, Robert: Gods of the Mythosphere: Modeling, Affordance & Design in the Age of Sub-creative Technologies (Metztli)

3:00-3:30 pm
Przybilla, Christina: Finding Tell: The influence of the legend of William Tell on The Lord of the Rings (Metztli)

3:30-4:30 pm
Rosegrant, John: In Deep with The Hobbit: or, Why Hobbits Live in Holes (and Have Hairy Feet) (Tehuanco)
McKenna, Elise: Of Phantasia: Jackson’s Liminal Sub-creation (Aztlan)
Martsch, Nancy: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings in Three Gems; or, An illustrated exposition on how Tolkien’s use of gems reflects both English history and the high society of his youth (Metztli)

4:30-5:30 pm
Abrahamson, Bethany: Smith of Wootton Major and the Truth of Faery (Tehuanco)
Presentation: Mythlore: preserving the past and moving into the future with the SWOSU digital and physical archive (Aztlan)
Janet Croft, Phillip Fitzsimmons, Benjamin Dressler
Bunting, Nancy: Tolkien’s Own Untold Tales Part II: Tom Bombadil (Metztli)

6:00-6:45 pm
Dinner (Garden)

7:30-9:30 pm
Masquerade; talk by Tim Powers; concert by Mr. and Mrs. Something (Theatre)

4:20 am
Sale of College Land (Room 420)


7:45-8:30 am
Breakfast (Garden)

9:00 am-4:30 pm
Art Show and Dealers: open (Templo Mayor)

9:00-10:00 am
Panel: Protecting the Shire: A hobbit society’s journey at the University of New Mexico (Aztlan)
Moses Allen (moderator), Bethany Abrahamson, Megan Abrahamson, Leslie Donovan, Pablo Guss
Christopher, Joe R.: A Structural Approach to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with Some Consideration of its Christian Analogies (Metztli)

9:00-9:30 am
DiPasquale, Willow: Revenge, Loss, and Generational Suffering: Greek Mythology and The Silmarillion (Tehuanco)

9:30-10:00 am
Reading: Verlyn Flieger (Tehuanco)

10:00-11:00 am
Talk: Ask Tim Powers (Tehuanco)
Shustova, Ellina: Tolkien Scholarship in Russia at the Turn of the XX-XXI Centuries: Approaches and Dynamics (Aztlan)
Rauscher, Eric: Gleanings from the Archives: Charles Williams’s Correspondence and Papers (Metztli)

11:00 am-noon
Ronn, Vicki: The Future of Fantasy: New Old “Bones” (Tehuanco)
Panel: Remembering when: the first wave of Tolkien fans and scholars (Aztlan)
Chip Crane (moderator), David Bratman, Verlyn Flieger, Gary Hunnewell, Stephen Potts, Tim Kirk
Bosky, Bernadette: Charles Williams’ and A.E. Waite’s Graal (Grail) (Metztli)

noon-1:30 pm
Lunch break

1:30-2:30 pm
Panel: From Tolkien to Tim Powers: Catholicism and fantasy (Tehuanco)
Tim Powers (moderator), Carl Hostetter, Jimmy Akin, Roy-Charles Coulombe

1:30-2:00 pm
Green, Melody: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Imagination: George MacDonald and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Theories of Fantasy (Aztlan)
Tomashek, Maria D.: Lexical Markers of Character Development in The Fellowship of the Ring, part 1: The Four Hobbits (Metztli)

2:00-2:30 pm
Butera, Camille: “Don’t you ever do anything but cook and read?”: Gender and domestic labor in the contemporary children’s fantasy novel (Aztlan)
Bogstad, Janice M. Lexical Markers of Character Development in The Fellowship of the Ring, part 2: Aragorn and Frodo (Metztli)

2:30-3:30 pm
Estes, Cassidy: Christianity by Tolkien: An Exploration of the Christian influences on The Lord of the Rings (Tehuanco)
Jackson, Lenore, and John James: A Counter-Desolation Word-Hoard: Terrain Words in The Lord of the Rings (Metztli)

2:30-3:00 pm
Agan, Cami: Before the Gates of Angband: Ard-Galen/Anfauglith as Transformative Siege Space (Aztlan)

3:00-3:30 pm
Johnson, Sarah Rachel: A Weeping Spider: Belief, Disbelief, and Secondary Belief at the Midnight Carnival in The Last Unicorn (Aztlan)

3:30-4:30 pm
Panel: All this and World War One (Tehuanco)
Janet Croft (moderator), John Rosegrant, Diana Glyer, Alicia Fox-Lenz, Jason Fisher
Johnson, Richard Warren: What has Patmos to do with Narnia (or with Middle-earth)? Reading John’s Apocalypse among Inklings (Aztlan)

4:00-5:30 pm
Auction (Metztli)

4:30-5:30 pm
Williamson, Jamie: The Well at the World’s End and The Lord of the Rings (Tehuanco)
McCurdy, Rebecca: What is in an Apocalypse? A survey of Apocalyptic literature from mythology to the present day (Aztlan)

6:00-9:00 pm (approx.)
Banquet, followed by Mythopoeic Awards, recorded speech by John Crowley, special events (Tula)


7:45-8:30 am
Breakfast (Garden)

9:00-10:00 am
Petsche, Kate: The First Post-Postmodernist: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legacy in Literary Criticism and Fantasy Literature (Aztlan)

9:00-10:30 am
Panel: The future of the Mythopoeic Awards (Templo Mayor)
David Emerson (moderator), Janet Croft, Berni Phillips Bratman, Sherwood Smith, Bonnie Rauscher, Vicki Ronn

10:00-11:00 am
Talk: Glyer, Diana: J.R.R. Tolkien was NOT a Bandersnatch: Here’s Why (Aztlan)

10:30-11:00 am
Presentation: Callahan, Bg: Mythopoeic Society history slide show (Templo Mayor)

11:00 am-noon (approx.)
Members’ meeting (Templo Mayor)

11:00 am-noon
Christopher, Joe R.: The Nun and the Sea-Shell (Aztlan)

noon (approx.)-12:30 pm (approx.)
Closing Ceremonies (Templo Mayor)

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