“Mythmoot” is an annual celebration and conference of the Mythgard Institute and Signum University. The first Mythmoot, “A Long-Anticipated Journey,” was held on December 15-16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants enjoyed a private viewing of the film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, discussed the film with “Tolkien Professor” Corey Olsen and Peter S. Beagle, screenwriter of the animated Lord of the Rings (1978) film, and feasted together at a Hobbit-themed banquet. “Mythmoot II” will likewise feature a special viewing of the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, as well as guest speakers, musicians, artists, another fantastic banquet, and will also expand its offerings this year with fun and interactive sessions for fans and academics alike, as well as panel presentations on the fantasy genre.
“Mythmoot II” is seeking proposals for 15-20 minute papers on Tolkien and other fantasy-related literature and media. This is an excellent opportunity for interested fans, students and scholars to present papers at a friendly venue with like-minded enthusiasts. First-time presenters are especially encouraged to submit proposals. All fantasy-related proposals will be considered, however, themes of particular interest include:
- The Hobbit – reflections on the book, its history, or adaptations in media, art or gaming;
- Beyond Middle-earth – Tolkien’s non-Middle-earth writings, including his children’s stories, scholarship, short stories and poetry;
- A Game of Games – analysis of fantasy gaming from pen-and-paper to MMORPGs;
- Through Silver Glass– the reworking of fantasy themes in TV and film.
Paper proposals (250-500 words), along with contact information, should be sent to the following email address by midnight, Sunday, August 18, 2013. AV and technology requests must be included in your proposal
Proposal Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for proposal submissions: August 18, 2013
Notification of acceptance: September 9, 2013
Mythmoot II Conference: December 14-15, 2013, Baltimore, MD
NOTE: All accepted paper presenters must register for “Mythmoot II”. Registration opens in September.