13th April 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Lipsius Building, Leiden University, Nederland

The Mythgard Netherlands Speculative Fiction Symposium, aka NederMoot, is a one-day series of talks and discussion on literature analysis in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, medieval studies and philology. It is part of a series of regional "moots" affiliated with Mythmoot, an annual multi-day symposium held by Signum University in the USA. This event is being carried out in partnership with Unquendor, the Dutch Tolkien Society, and the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

A “moot” refers to a meeting or legislative assembly, but also the place in which that meeting is held. It’s from the Old English -mot, which could be appended to the end of a word, as in “NederMoot.” It was made famous by the “Entmoots” of the tree-shepherding Ents in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Recent related moots:
 - MiddleMoot, 6-Oct-2018, Missouri, USA
 - LAMoot, 27-Oct-2018, LA, USA
 - MagnoliaMoot, 10-Nov-2018, North Carolina, USA
 - Texmoot, 19-Jan-2019, Texas, USA

Upcoming related moots:
 - Mythmoot VI - 27-30 June 2019, Virginia, USA


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Unquendor, the Dutch Tolkien Society, was founded in 1981 by four Tolkien fans who gathered in an Amsterdam cafĂ©, and it has grown immensely since. We organise events and provide information concerning the works of Tolkien and new book publications. Every gathering is informal, enjoyable, and most important, open to anyone attracted to Tolkien’s works and world.

Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society

Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) is dedicated to ground-breaking research that explores the multifaceted relationships between the arts and society. LUCAS hosts a range of academic disciplines clustered around a key research theme: the relationships between the arts and society. Our members study cultural production over the course of two millennia, from classical antiquity to our contemporary world. Strengthened by our diversity, LUCAS members are uniquely placed to study the broad concept of the arts, with its rapidly changing ideas, aesthetics, and theories of cultural production. Through research, expertise, and service, the Institute strives to facilitate a deeper understanding of the cognitive, historical, cultural, creative, and social aspects of human life.