SoCal Moot 2022

The words "SoCal Moot" are rendered prettily above a drawn stylized orange sunset. A fourteen-oar gally, which seems, from the set of its sail, to also be running before the wind, is sailing into that sunset. The sea appears to us as an open book with many pages and blue indecipherable letters. There are some Cirth letters in light orange written on the sun, and I'll see if I can get a translation for you! Here we go: The artist says the motto is "The road into the True West" in Quenya (i londë i Naitë Númenna), but my Elvish is not good enough to fact check that.
Subcreation: Blessed are the Legend-Makers The theme for SoCalMoot 2022 will be “Sub-Creation”, a topic which J.R.R. Tolkien explored both in his writings on Middle Earth (where the layers of creation stretch from Iluvatar to the Valar, to the mortal and immortal races), in the essay “On Fairy Stories”, and

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November 5, 2022

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Carlsbad Library, Gowland Room. 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011   View map

Subcreation: Blessed are the Legend-Makers

The theme for SoCalMoot 2022 will be “Sub-Creation”, a topic which J.R.R. Tolkien explored both in his writings on Middle Earth (where the layers of creation stretch from Iluvatar to the Valar, to the mortal and immortal races), in the essay “On Fairy Stories”, and in his poem “Mythopoeia”, in which he describes mankind as created beings who become little makers or sub-creators themselves.
 
Our theme considers questions such as:
  • How do we as human beings interact with creation, and how does it impact what we create ourselves?
  • What is best practice when interacting with the sub-creation of others (i.e. intellectual property)?
  • When Tolkien says “blessed are the legend-makers” what does he mean?
  • What is the difference between sub-creation and folklore/culture?
  • Which types of sub-creation stir us most deeply, and why?
  • Are different types of sub-creation better suited for different results/outcomes than others?
  • How does the will of the maker affect that which is made, both in Tolkien’s works and in the real world?
  • Does that which is created have agency (e.g. the sword Gurthang or the free will of humanity)?
  • How do we see long-term sub-creations iterate and change over time?
  • In Tolkien’s works, why were some sub-creators unsuccessful (e.g. Melkor), or only able to create certain works once (e.g. Yavanna with the two trees and Feanor with the Silmarilli)?
  • Do we find this true of sub-creating in our own world?
This theme invites participants to explore how the theme of “Sub-Creation” is reflected in Tolkien’s writing, other imaginative fiction, and other forms of sub-creation like films, painting, poetry, or music. We also invite creative works which explore this theme to be presented or performed.

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Call for Presentations
We invite both on-site and online attendees to submit proposals engaging with our theme. Send your paper/panel/presentation/creative work proposal of under 200 words to our Call for Proposals form. This call will be open until October 22nd.
  • Panel Presentations (typically 60-90 minutes), with multiple presenters (with or without a host). Please include the names of each participant in your proposal.
  • Oral Presentations (15-20 minutes)
  • Performance of creative works (please indicate the time required in your proposal). This could include original creative writing (poetry, short fiction, or short creative nonfiction), performances of original musical compositions, display and discussion of original works of visual art, etc.
  • Discussion Groups (60-90 minutes), with prepared discussion questions for group/small groups.
Presenters will have access to audio/visual, but they must bring their own devices and connection cables.

Call for Presentations

Health and Safety requirements:  At this time, the venue does not require masks. We will update the event page with any policy changes as the event approaches.