MiddleMoot 2019

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Signum University and Hawkeye Community College are happy to announce MiddleMoot 2019, a symposium on “Imaging the Speculative: Tolkien’s Legendarium and the Arts."

Speakers

Ted Nasmith
Ted Nasmith
Special Guest
Dr. Corey Olsen – suit and tie
Corey Olsen
University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer

Start

October 12, 2019

End

October 12, 2019

Address

Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA   View map

Signum University and Hawkeye Community College are happy to announce MiddleMoot 2019, an annual symposium on speculative literature. This year’s theme is “Imaging the Speculative: Tolkien’s Legendarium and the Arts,” in which we will be looking at artistic creation in Tolkien’s works in honor of our special guest, Ted Nasmith.

For MiddleMoot 2019, we are once again returning to Hawkeye Community College in Waterlook, IA, on October 12, 2019. We are still setting up registration and finalizing other details. However, the call for presentations has already begun, so please submit your abstracts for consideration now!

Call for Presentations

Tolkien envisioned his legendarium to be a source of inspiration for artistic creation in many forms, and this year MiddleMoot will offer an opportunity to explore some aspects of the artistic creations springing from his.  Our guest of honor is Ted Nasmith, world-renowned Tolkien illustrator and visual artist, and in his honor we welcome presentation suggestions in the following categories:

  1. Presentations about artistic representations of Tolkien’s work:  This category includes examinations of visual arts, plastic arts, musical compositions or performances, and/or dance based in some way upon Tolkien’s legendarium.
  2. Presentations about artistic representations of the work of other speculative fiction authors: This category includes examinations of visual arts, plastic arts, musical compositions or performances, and/or dance based in some way upon the work of other creators of speculative fiction.  Examples of such authors include, but are not limited to, Ursula K. Le Guin, H. P. Lovecraft, Hayao Miyazaki, Haruki Murakami, Liu Cixin, Octavia Butler, J.K. Rowling, Marlon James, Neil Gaiman, and C.S. Lewis.
  3. Presentations on other topics related to Tolkien’s legendarium: While our conference theme emphasizes artistic dimensions of Tolkien’s legendarium, we are happy to consider presentations on other topics related in some way to Tolkien and his work.
  4. Creation and exhibition of original Tolkien-themed artwork: We welcome proposals to display and/or perform original works of art.  The building where the conference will be held (Tama Hall) does have open and gallery-type spaces to stage temporary displays, as well as a theater with an elevated stage.  Time and space permitting, we will be glad to showcase original Tolkien-themed art.

For all categories, presenters should be aware that all rooms at Hawkeye Community College have both hard-wired and wireless presentation technology available, so feel free to create presentations that are technologically sophisticated if you wish (although simple talks are certainly welcome as well).

CFP Submission Details

Abstracts of under 300 words are due no later than Monday, September 2, 2019.

For each submission, please include:

  • A descriptive title.
  • The presentation category for which you would like the proposal to be considered.
    • Note that there are limited spaces available for each category.
    • For a creative performance or display, please describe the genre, medium, and connection to the conference’s theme.
  • Include a two-three sentence personal bio.

Submit abstracts and other information to [email protected].

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Join us on October 12, 2019, for MiddleMoot!