We are happy to announce Ozmoot 2023, the very first Signum Regional Moot in Australasia!
Announcements for keynote speakers and an event schedule will be released after the call for papers has closed.
Tickets for on-site participation will be available ($50 US), as well as tickets to attend online ($25 US). All ticket holders will receive recordings from the event afterward.
We have chosen ‘Deep Roots’ as our theme, inspired by the line in the Aragorn poem in The Lord of the Rings: ‘Deep roots are not reached by the frost’. Our theme inspires us to explore the power of old stories in the context of young former British colonies like Australia, and like South Africa, where Tolkien was born.
Our theme considers questions such as: How and why are stories buried deep and how and why do sleeping stories awake?; How do stories connect us to our past and enable new considerations of our heritage? These questions echo in Tolkien’s early drive to write a Mythology to dedicate to England, steeped in the Anglo-Saxon tradition of his own heritage, and are often the underlying impetus for subcreation through Imaginative Fiction.
‘Deep roots’ also evokes the ancient connections to country and stories of the First Nations peoples of Australia, who represent the oldest continuing human culture on the planet, and the resilience and rediscovery of stories in the face of colonial dispossession. Our theme also embraces the ‘deep roots’ of migrants who maintain connections to their former homelands through stories, and (re)discovery of stories.
Our theme invites participants to explore how the theme of ‘Deep Roots’ is reflected in Tolkien’s own writing, and in other Imaginative Fiction; in Fairy Tale and Mythic traditions; in new media and across languages and cultures. We also invite creative works which also explore this theme to be presented or performed.
Call for Presentations:
We invite you to submit proposals engaging with our theme. This call will be open until November 30th.
- Panel Presentations (typically 60 – 90 minutes, with multiple presenters (with or without a host or discussant)
- Oral Presentations (20 minutes)
- Performance of creative works (please indicate time required in proposal).
- Exhibit (art works – indicate how much space required).
Location on campus has not yet been determined.
COVID considerations will evolve substantially over the next nine months. At this time, the campus requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated, and we will update attendees on any changing requirements as the date of the event approaches
Please keep an eye out here (and once you have registered, in your email InBox) for news when decisions are final.
For questions about this event, please contact regional moot coordinator, [email protected].