The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference
Theme: "Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery"
Clark Kerr Conference Center
August 3-6, 2007
Guests of Honor: Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Call for Papers
Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman are both Mythopoeic Fantasy Award
winning authors for their novels Thomas the Rhymer and The Porcelain
Dove respectively. Both authors published new novels in 2006, Kushner's
The Privilege of the Sword and Sherman's Changeling. Kushner's public
radio series Sound & Spirit is a renowned weekly program "exploring the
human spirit through music and ideas." Both have made great
contributions to the mythopoeic and interstitial arts, and we are proud
to welcome them to Mythcon 38.
Fantasy literature features many characters who journey along a path
from beginner to adept, from apprentice to master. How is this journey
portrayed? What various highways and byways have such seekers traveled?
What are the stages of transformation and the elements of the process of
achieving mastery? How is mastery demonstrated, and what happens if
these skills are lost? From the seasoning of Tolkien's Merry and Pippin
to the wizard-school training of Ursula K. Le Guin's Ged and J.K.
Rowling's Harry Potter, the journey to mastery runs throughout fantasy.
Papers dealing with the conference theme are especially encouraged. We
also welcome papers focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings
(especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our
Guests of Honor, and other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a
variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.
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. 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 ed). Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact
information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following
address (e-mail is preferable) by April 15, 2007. Please include your AV
requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. All paper
presenters must register for the full conference; please see the Mythcon
38 web page, www.mythsoc.org/mythcon38.html, for information and rates.
Eleanor M. Farrell
Mythcon 38 Papers Coordinator
P.O. Box 320486
San Francisco CA 94132-0486
The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational
organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the
works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic
literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater
understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and
spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an
interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find
out about the Society's activities at: www.mythsoc.org.