I have some great news, y’all! While what was to be the first Greater New Orleans Magic and Esotericism (or G.N.O.M.E.) conference had to be cancelled this year, and I had to cut ties with NOSEA and it’s director for professional reasons, a new opportunity has arisen for me:
The International Association for Comparative Mythology has accepted a paper of mine as a poster (meaning it will be published in their peer-reviewed journal) for this year’s conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This will be my debut in professional academia. While I will not being giving a full presentation like some of the other authors and researchers, if I attend the conference I can do a Q&A session about my paper during the discussion period of the event. This will be important if I wish to give a full presentation next year. As this is my first peer-reviewed paper, and my first year of IACM membership, I need to go and make a good impression on the Harvard graduates who run the association. Next year when they can put a face and a paper to my name, I will stand a better chance of getting a larger speaking slot during the conference.
I will also finally get to meet and listen to some other researchers who have influenced my own work and the work of my favorite authors.
Oh, and wait til you hear the theme! This year’s theme is “Creatures of the Night: Mythologies of the Otherworld and Its Denizens.” Perfect, right?
I’m so excited and overwhelmed for this opportunity that I have dreamed of since I was a teen.