Join us from June 24-27, 2021, for Mythmoot VIII: The World Ahead
“Home is behind, the world ahead / And there are many paths to tread” — J. R. R. Tolkien
Mythmoot VIII: The World Ahead is coming!
Mythmoot VIII is going hybrid this year! We will be live June 24-27, 2021 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia (as in years past) and also online (MootHub) like last year.
You can now register for Mythmoot VIII LIVE below. If you have already signed up for MootHub or MootCast, you will be receiving an email shortly with instructions on how to upgrade to Mythmoot VIII LIVE if you wish.
Our online Mythmoot VIII store is open now! Whether or not you’re joining us for the conference, you can score some merry Mythmoot merch today!
From T-shirts to tumblers, find products with this year’s theme of The World Ahead. For those who are uncomfortable wearing an extravaganza of color, we have some apparel designs available in blue and green themes.
Mythmoot Call for Proposals
“Home is behind, the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread”
— J. R. R. Tolkien
Human beings have always wondered about the future, and speculated about what is to come. Will the world ahead be dark and dystopian, a flourishing utopia, or something in-between? What does the past tell us about what the future might be like? What will the world ahead be like for literature? Or the worlds we continue to build through literature?
We are accepting proposals for Papers, Panels, Workshops, and Creative Presentations about “the world ahead” in the following areas of study:
- Imaginative Literature (ex: Sherlock Holmes, Dune, The Left Hand of Darkness, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files, etc.)
- Tolkien and Inklings Studies
- Classic Literature from ancient times to the present
If you are unsure whether your topic fits, send your proposal or a description of your idea to the listed submissions email below, and we will review it in advance.
Whether creative or critical, individual presentations will have 30 minutes — 20 minutes for presentation and 10 for Q&A. (N.B. The “creative” category is not limited to original works but could include presenting or performing art, music, drama, or dance — or even a presentation on how you went about knitting the One Ring into a tea cozy. If you have any questions about what you can present, please contact the submissions email.)
Panels must contain at least 3 papers and/or presenters and will be allocated 90 minutes total for presentations and Q&A.
Workshops must identify their own length (either 30 min, 60 min, or 90 min) and include justification for the requested time. Workshops may be run individually, but it is recommended that a workshop has at least two leaders. (Workshop examples: the knitting of Smaug hats, an interactive discussion on dragon species, etc.)
Papers will be presented in 90-minute sessions of 1 – 3 presenters. Each presenter will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions) to present their paper.
Questions? See “How to Present at Conferences” from our very own Sørina Higgins!
Your submission to [email protected] must contain the following in the email:
- Type of submission (paper, workshop, panel, presentation)
- 300-word abstract or description
- Name(s) of the presenter(s)
- A two-sentence biography for each presenter
Title your email “Mythmoot VIII Proposal.” All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on March 31st, 2021.
No presentations will be given in absentia, and your submission to Mythmoot VIII is considered an agreement to attend and present should your proposal be accepted.
In the instance of an in-person event, each room will have a projector for presenter use. Please be prepared to present at a digital event using a video camera and microphone.
Conference Pricing and Details
Additional Mythmoot conference pricing and details will be posted here as they become available. Like the Mythmoot Facebook page to get updates on Mythmoot and our regional conferences throughout the year.
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for Mythmoot registration are available, minus a $10 processing fee, up until 72 hours prior to the event.