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Online Midwinter Seminar 2023
Fantasy Goes to Hell: Depictions of Hell in Modern Fantasy Texts

January 27-28 (Friday evening, Saturday all day)
Via Zoom and Discord


Online Midwinter Seminar
Fantasy Goes to Hell: Depictions of Hell in Modern Fantasy Texts

Co-chairs: Janet Brennan Croft and Erin Giannini

Hell in modern fantasy is usually a far cry from traditional depictions in major world religions — the dry and dusty hells of ancient Mesopotamia and the Classical world, the ambiguous Hel of the Norse, the fiery pit and everlasting torment of medieval Christianity and Islam, the purgatorial hells of reincarnative religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. How do creators of fantasy imagine Hell differently? And more importantly, why? What do these depictions have to tell us about what is hellish in our modern world?

In addition to hosting this Online Midwinter Seminar, the co-chairs will be co-editing a special issue of Mythlore, in which they intend to present selected papers presented at this seminar.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The CFP deadline is November 15, 2022.

The Mythopoeic Society invites paper submissions for an online conference that focuses on the various depictions of the concept of hell in modern fantasy works. Aspects of this topic might include but are certainly not limited to any of the following:

Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. We are interested in ANY form of media — text, graphic novels, television, movies, music and music videos, games — as long as it can be described as fantasy and includes a hell or its denizens.
Some texts to consider:

Each paper will receive a 50-minute slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two or three presenters who wish to present short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to the special issue of Mythlore devoted to this theme. All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual current edition.

Proposals should be approximately 200 words in length and should be sent to both co-chairs: oms-chair@mythcon.org and oms-co-chair@mythcon.org.


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Registration is US$20.00 per person. You may register up to four people on this page.

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