Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “Moot”? 

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 “LAMoot.” It was made famous by the “Entmoots” of the tree-shepherding Ents in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. For Signum University, our moots are meeting place for our online community of fandom and academia to meet in either single day or weekend-long conferences. LAMoot is our first Southern California moot!

Can I volunteer at LAmoot? 

Yes! We are seeking volunteers to help with set up, check-in, and more. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact us and we will be in touch!

I’m a professional in the field of adaptation and am interested in presenting. Who can I contact? 

If you are a professional interested in guest lecturing at LAMoot, email us here and someone from our team will be in contact with you shortly.

I’d love to present, but am unsure of what to do exactly. What resources are available to me? 

Whether you’re a well-seasoned presenter or new to presenting at conferences, we encourage you to submit your presentation idea to LAMoot! Visit our Get Inspired page for a list of discussions and videos on various adaptations. You can also watch our own Sørina Higgins give tips on presenting here and learn what a poster presentation is and how to do one here. Email any questions to our LAMoot team at lamootorg@gmail.com

I live outside of the Los Angeles area, will there be a Moot near me? 

Quite possibly! Signum University has hosted moots in London, Virginia, Texas, Northern California, and Iowa and are excited about the possibilities of hosting more regional moots. Learn how to get involved (below) and make sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know if we’re coming to a city near you! 

How do I get more involved? 

Whether or not you attend LAMoot, we invite you to explore the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and other speculative fiction with us through the Mythgard Institute, our online community that offers a variety of free programs centered around exploring literature and language. Growing out of the Tolkien Professor podcasts in 2011, the Mythgard Institute has expanded to include free lectures, movie clubs, and in-depth scholarly discussions.  Browse our Mythgard Academy series for free series on speculative fiction and works like The Lord of the Rings, Ender’s Game, The Princess Bride,  Dracula,  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dune, and (our current series) Le Morte d’Arthur . Or join Dr. Corey Olsen in the continuing in Middle-earth in Exploring The Lord of the Rings,  an in-depth series on J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece. 
Interested in a more academic learning? Join us through our digital campus of Signum University, our online university offering courses in medieval literature & languages, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and more taught by world-class scholars. Check out our Signum Symposia, seminars, and our upcoming and past courses at signumuniversity.org