Online Midwinter Seminar (OMS)
OverviewThe Mythopoeic Society’s Online Midwinter Seminar (OMS), typically held in January or Feburary, is intended to supplement our annual in-person conference (Mythcon), first of all by providing an additional opportunity for presenting papers and holding discussions, and secondly by allowing for attendance by those who find it difficult to attend in person, whether for reasons of travel options, disabilities, or financial issues.
The first OMS, in 2022, grew out of our experience with Mythcon 51, which was originally scheduled for 2020 as an in-person conference, postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then transfored into an online event when it became apparent that the pandemic would still be a problem in 2021. The convention committee did an admirable job in pivoting to the online format in relatively short order, making use of Zoom for presentations and Discord for discussions and informal activities. The OMS has continued the practice of using Zoom and Discord in this way.
Unlike Mythcon, which has four days of multiple tracks of programming covering a myriad of subjects, the OMS focuses instead on a single topic, and restricts presentations to those that most closely address the conference theme. Thus the OMS program might contain only one or two tracks, and the conference itself usually consists of one day of presentations after some welcoming remarks and informal activites the previous evening.
The Mythopoeic Society has always encouraged scholarship in mythopoeic and Inklings studies by providing a venue in which scholars, new and old, may present papers which may in turn be considered for publication in Mythlore. Whether you are interested in presenting, or just wishing to hear the topics discussed, please consider attending either Mythcon or the OMS, or both.
If you (or your group) are interested in hosting an OMS, please contact the Steward for Mythopoeic Conferences, , at mythcon @ mythsoc.org for information and help.