February 4, 2016 by Anthony Burdge
We are excited to announce our Call for Programming for the 2nd Annual New York Tolkien Conference. This year we are taking a slightly different approach in the type of programs we are seeking. Last year we had papers delivered in a traditional manner with a few panels. For this year’s conference we are aiming to make the programs a bit more interactive with attendees. We are open to short papers with room for discussion and Q&A. We want a few workshop style geared discussion sessions.
If you would like to submit programming please be sure to read the Call for Programming and submit your idea according to the guidelines. If we receive an idea without the required information we cannot consider it.
The Call for Programming in its entirety is below and can be found on the Call for Programming page.
Last year the Conference was free, however, we did have an overhead which necessitated an Indiegogo campaign to cover costs. This year the Conference will not be free.
Next week stay tuned for ticket pricing and early bird specials.
New York City Tolkien Conference 2016
Theme: The Inklings and Science
Call for Programming:
WHEN: Saturday July 16th, 2016 10am-5pm
WHERE: One Bernard Baruch Way
(55 Lexington Ave at 24th St)
New York, NY 10010
Submissions must be received by: May 1st, 2016 (please adhere to submission requirements below)
Decisions on proposals will be sent out by: May 10th 2016
CONFERENCE EMAIL (For Submissions & Inquiries): Mythinkbooks@gmail.com
The 2016 New York Tolkien Conference Organizers are soliciting proposals for the 2nd annual New York Tolkien Conference on J.R.R Tolkien, and this year’s theme, The Inklings and Science. This year’s conference theme is inspired by the disciplines of our Guests of Honor and is dedicated to the imaginative universes of The Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Dyson, et al. This year’s Conference will be held on the 6th and 7th floors of the Baruch College Main Campus and is organized by Jessica Burke and Anthony Burdge of Myth Ink Books with Chris Tuthill, Author and Baruch College Librarian.
We welcome proposals of 200-300 words (or abstract of a completed paper) for Papers, Panels and Discussion group topics. We invite presentations from the perspective of any discipline concerning The Inklings and Science, and how they intersect: literature, history, communications, film, music, pop culture, women’s studies, religion, linguistics, cultural studies, and so on. In other words, multidisciplinary discussions of the published works and letters of The Inklings and Science.
Areas of Focus to Consider: Published works of fiction or non-fiction, Science of sub-created worlds, Inspired Music, Religion/Spirituality, Inklings Inspirations (i.e. Mythology, Linguistics, Culture, Folklore, etc). If you have a topic in mind related to the theme that you do not see please query us.
We welcome singular paper presentations and panels suggestions, but this year we would like to encourage more group interaction with topics presented, groups which can be lead by more than one to three presenters. An individual paper is strictly limited to a 20 minute reading time, with 10-15 minute Q&A. If you have a topic to present please create a program which includes attendee discussion and interaction. A proposal/abstract should demonstrate familiarity with scholarship and the work of The Inklings in the field.
Proposal Requirements: Email a detailed proposal either in the body of an email or via attachment. If you send an attachment, that attachment MUST have your name in the file name and must be either a .txt or .doc file. Include with every proposal brief biographical information, any publications you may have, where you may be contacted, and if you have presented at a conference before. This information is a MUST as the biographical information and proposal will be published on the website and in the program book.
Please make sure the email you’re using is one where you can be reached in a timely fashion.
Send this information to Mythinkbooks@gmail.com with “your last name and Tolkien Conference,” in the Subject Heading.