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    The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference Mythcon XXXVIII Theme: Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery Clark Kerr Conference Center Berkeley, California August
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 14, 2007
      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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