Out of the disarray and disruption of COVID19, fan gatherings and academic conferences have done a solid job of reinventing themselves. Recent Mythmoot and Tolkien Society conferences have been quite successful online–and Mythmoot did a solid job with the even more challenging hybrid conference in Spring. While there is no doubt something lost–especially as we connect digitally all year long and use these conferences to meet old friends and make new ones–in terms of receiving great content, sharing discoveries, and increasing digital networks, I have truly appreciated the programs in the last year or so and hope that Oxonmoot (Sep 2-5) is able to pull of their live/online hybrid event safely and effectively.
Mythcon is one of the great fantasy conferences on the American continent. Quirky, connected, and artistic, we are all looking forward to the in-person Mythcon52 in 2022 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Until then, showing a deft creativity and an understanding of how fans and friends need to connect, the Mythcon Council of Stewards are hosting a “Halfling” online mini-conference (July 31-Aug 1). This is an extremely affordable ($20 for full online access) and audience-driven two-day symposium. Beside conversations about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, topics include Christina Rossetti, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, fantasy studies, mythopoeic literature, fairy-stories and philosophy, fantastic adaptation, and Norse and Arthurian literature. I would encourage you to register here and join in the fun this weekend!.
Colin Duriez on “Death, Dante, and Dorothy Sayers” (Jul 30th, 4pm Eastern)
And with a tireless commitment to fellowship and knowledge, the Inkling Folk Fellowship continues tonight (Jul 30th) at 4pm Eastern. Joe Ricke is hosting a conveersation with highly productive Inklings biographer, Colin Duriez–this time tackling the effervesent Dorothy Sayers and her twin literary achievements: the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries and her translation of Dante’s Comedy. You can find this event information for the free Zoom event on facebook.