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Call for Papers, Mythcon 38

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  • Joan Marie Verba
    The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference Mythcon XXXVIII Theme: Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery Clark Kerr Conference Center Berkeley, California August
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 17, 2006
      The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference
      Mythcon XXXVIII

      Theme: "Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery"
      Clark Kerr Conference Center
      Berkeley, California
      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.
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