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To give its far-flung membership a chance to meet, and to present papers orally with audience response, The Mythopoeic Society has been holding conferences since its early days. These began with a one-day Narnia Conference in 1969, and the first annual Mythopoeic Conference was held at the Claremont Colleges (near Los Angeles) in September, 1970. (Following the 1969 Narnia conference and the first three Mythcons, the Society published small informal volumes of conference proceedings (index available) but, in subsequent years, papers were submitted to Mythlore if the scholar so chose.) The table below contains summary information about each of the Mythopoeic Conferences.

Past Conferences By Date, Location, and Theme


Mythcon 1
September 4-7, 1970 - Claremont, California


Mythcon 2
September 3-6, 1971 - Santa Barbara, California


Mythcon 3
June 30-July 4, 1972 - Long Beach, California


Mythcon 4
August 17-20, 1973 - Santa Barbara, California


Mythcon 5
August 23-26, 1974 - Claremont, California
The MabinogiCon: Celtic and Welsh Influence in Mythopoeic Literature


Mythcon 6
August 15-18, 1975 - Claremont, California
The Fictional Worlds of C.S. Lewis


Mythcon 7
August 13-16, 1976 - Sacramento, California
Arthurian Elements in Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien


Mythcon 8
August 26-29, 1977 - La Jolla, California
The "Lesser" Works of J.R.R. Tolkien


Mythcon 9
August 11-13, 1978 - West Sacramento, California
DeryniCon


Mythcon 10
July 12-15, 1979 - San Jose, California
The Silmarillicon


Mythcon 11
July 25-28, 1980 - Reno, Nevada
Joy in the Great Dance


Mythcon 12
August 7-10, 1981 - Oakland, California
A Festival in Faerie


Mythcon 13
August 13-16, 1982 - Orange, California
"Celtic Con": The Celtic Influence on Fantasy Literature


Mythcon 14
August 12-15, 1983 - Claremont, California
Mythic Structures in Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams


Mythcon 15
August 10-13, 1984 - Oakland, California
The Wood Between the Worlds


Mythcon 16
July 26-29, 1985 - Wheaton, Illinois
A Kinship of Dancers: Interplay in the Lives and Works of Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams


Mythcon 17
August 8-11, 1986 - Long Beach, California
The Daughters of Beatrice: Women in Fantasy


Mythcon 18
July 24-27, 1987 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Looking Back From Weathertop: A Fifty Years' Retrospective on The Hobbit


Mythcon 19
July 29-August 1, 1988 - Berkeley, California
Legends for a New Land: Fantasy in America


Mythcon 20
July 28-31, 1989 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Mythic Elements in Fantasy


Mythcon 21
August 3-6, 1990 - Long Beach, California
Aspects of Love in Fantasy


Mythcon 22
July 26-29, 1991 - San Diego, California
The Hero Cycle: Archetypes in Fantasy Literature


Mythcon 23
August 17-24, 1992 - Oxford, England
The J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference


Mythcon 24
July 30-August 2, 1993 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Down the Hobbit-hole & Through the Wardrobe: Fantasy in Children's Literature


Mythcon 25
August 5-8, 1994 - Washington, D.C.
The Language of Myth


Mythcon 26
August 4-7, 1995 - Berkeley, California
Fairies in the Garden, Monsters at the Mall: Fantasy in the World Around Us


Mythcon 27
July 26-29, 1996 - Boulder, Colorado
The Inklings and Nature: Magic in the Mountains, Wonder in the Woods


Mythcon 28
August 8-11,1997 - Malibu, California
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Achievement of His Literary Life


Mythcon 29
July 15-20, 1998 - Wheaton, Illinois
C.S. Lewis: A Centenary Celebration


Mythcon 30
July 30-August 2, 1999 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bree & Beyond: Exploring the Fantasy Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and His Fellow Travelers


Mythcon 31
August 18-21, 2000 - Volcano, Island of Hawai'i, Hawai'i
Myth and Legend of the Pacific


Mythcon 32
August 3-6, 2001 - Berkeley, California
Many Dimensions: Modern Supernatural Fiction


Mythcon 33
July 26-29, 2002 - Boulder, Colorado
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare and Fantasy


Mythcon 34
July 25-28, 2003 - Nashville, Tennessee
From Athena to Galadriel: The Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic Fiction


Mythcon 35
July 30-August 2, 2004 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bridges to Other Worlds: Thirty-five Years of Mythopoeic Scholarship


Mythcon 36
August 11-15, 2005 - Birmingham, England
50 Years of The Lord of the Rings


Mythcon 37
August 4-7, 2006 - Norman, Oklahoma
The Map & The Territory: Maps and Landscapes in Fantasy


Mythcon 38
August 3-6, 2007 - Berkeley, California
Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery


Mythcon 39
August 15-18, 2008 - New Britain, Connecticut
The Valkyrie and the Goddess: The Warrior Woman in Fantasy


Mythcon 40
July 17-20, 2009 - Los Angeles, California
Sailing the Seas of Imagination


Mythcon 41
July 9-12, 2010 - Dallas, Texas
War in Heaven


Mythcon 42
July 15-18, 2011 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism


Mythcon 43
August 3-6, 2012 - Berkeley, CA
Across the Continents: Myths and legends from Europe and Asia meet and mingle


Mythcon 44
July 12-15, 2013 - East Lansing, MI
Green and Growing: The Land and Its Inhabitants in Fantasy


Mythcon 45
August 8-11, 2014 - Norton, MA
Where Fantasy Fits


Mythcon 46
July 31 - August 3, 2015 - Colorado Springs, CO
The Arthurian Mythos


Mythcon 47
August 5-8, 2016 - San Antonio, TX
Faces of Mythology: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern







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