Foretellings of upcoming conferences, symposia, lectures, and the like of interest to those studying Tolkien and his works, set forth by date.

27 May

21 June

Symposium on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, 2022

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.

Important dates:

  • The Ninth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place June 21 – 23, 2022.
  • The submission deadline for papers, sessions, and roundtables is December 31, 2021Late submissions will be considered if space is available.
  • The regular registration deadline is June 6**, 2022**, after which there will be a $50 late fee.
  • The Tenth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place June 19 – 21, 2023.

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23 June

Tolkien Conference of the Hungarian Tolkien Society, 2022: Myth, Imagination, Literature

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Hungarian Tolkien Society, together with the Institute of English Studies at Károli Gáspár University, is organising an international conference related to the life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien between 23 – 26 June 2022. The topic of the Conference will be Myth, Imagination, Literature.

The registration period has been extended, the new deadline is 20 April 2020.

The topic of the Conference will be Myth, Imagination, Literature.

Date of the Conference: 23 – 26 June 2022. Location: Károli Gáspár University, Budapest.

This is the sixth Tolkien Conference to be held in Hungary. The goal of the Conference is to examine the creation of myth as a link between imagination and literature as related to literary theory and the various applicable interpretative frameworks. Presenters are invited to examine the topic with reference to Tolkien’s mythological system as found in his finished and unfinished texts. Participants may also present analyses of different authors’ fictional universes as they relate to myths and imaginative worlds, considering both their smaller literary frameworks and their wider cultural context.…

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    MythMoot: Annual Speculative Literature Conference, IX: Remaking Myth

    Mythmoot IX is a hybrid event! We will be live June 23 – 26, 2022 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia (as in years past) and have an online option (MootHub) for participants who cannot attend live.

    Guests of Honor

    Dr. Michael D.C. Drout is Professor and Chair of English and Director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, where he teaches classes in Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Linguistics, Science Fiction and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He has authored and co-authored several books, including ones on Aglo-Saxon, Beowulf, Old English, and the Liberal Arts. He edited J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf and the Critics and the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and co-edited Transitional States: Cultural Change, Tradition and Memory in Medieval England. One of the founders of the journal Tolkien Studies, for which he has co-edited 19 volumes, Drout has published over sixty journal articles and books chapters on topics including Beowulf, digital humanities, Old English psalter glosses, Tolkien, math in science fiction, the hellmouth in the poem Guthlac,” and Anglo-Saxon medical remedies. He also serves as a consultant for The Lord of the Rings On-line MMPORG, Drout has appeared in two History Channel mini-series and recorded thirteen audio courses.

    Dr. Faith D. Acker holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of St. Andrews and is the author of First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1590 – 1790 (Routledge, 2020). Faith precepted her first Signum University course in 2011 and has, since then, lectured on Signum’s MA courses Shakespeare and the Middle Ages” (2017) and The Life and Times of the English Epic” (2019) in addition to teaching at the University of Sheffield (2012−13), Cornerstone Academy (2013−17), Montgomery College (2017−18), Northern Virginia Community College (2017−19) and Southeastern Louisiana University (2020−21). Her current research examines the satirical portrayals of servants and tradesmen in seventeenth-century epitaphs.

    Jeff LaSala is a production editor for Tor Books at the Macmillan Publishing Group, a freelance writer, and a longtime tabletop gamer. As a Tolkien columnist for Tor​.com, he writes essays that discuss, praise, and adoringly poke fun at all things Arda; for the Silmarillion Primer and its follow-up series, Deep Delvings into Middle-earth, he is entirely to blame. Jeff has written RPG adventures and campaign lore for Goodman Games, Dungeon and Dragon magazine articles for Wizards of the Coast, and the Eberron novel The Darkwood Mask. He can even be accused of hoodwinking a host of fantasy authors into writing cyberpunk fiction in the experimental, multimedia anthology known as Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero.

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    3 July

    Tolkien Society Seminar, Summer 2022: Tolkien and the Gothic

    Sunday 3rd July (Hybrid event) Hilton Hotel, Leeds (Free)

    Tolkien’s engagement with the Gothic is not as straightforward as one may assume. His earliest understanding of the word and the language of the Goths can be traced to his reading of Joseph Wright’s A Primer of the Gothic Language (1892). His early fascination with Gothic consequently fed his own experimentations with language creation and legendarium.

    However, his prose and poetry show a clear awareness of the Gothic literary tradition that had previously captured the imaginations of eighteenth and nineteenth century writers. Beyond his writing, Gothic influences can be found in Tolkien’s life: from the European fascination with Gothic architecture to the physical and psychological terrors of the Great War.

    The seminar aims to explore the ways that Tolkien engaged with the various applications of the Gothic and how this in turn has influenced creative engagements with Tolkien.

    Papers may consider, but are not limited to:

    • The Gothic literary tradition in Tolkien’s work
    • Tolkien’s work with the Gothic language
    • Biographical influences of Gothic architecture and the Great War
    • The Gothic in Tolkien art and illustrations
    • Gothic complexities when translating Tolkien

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    4 July

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    IMC 2022: Borders, № 141: J.R.R. Tolkien: Medieval roots and modern branches

    Andrew Higgins, organiser; and Kristine Larsen, moderator/chair

    This session will address wider topics and new approaches to Tolkien’s medievalism ranging from source studies and theoretical readings to comparative studies (including Tolkien’s legacy).

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    4 July 2022 15:15 utc — view in local time

    IMC 2022: Borders, № 241: Tolkien and Medieval poets: A session in memory of Richard C. West

    Andrew Higgins, organiser; and Andrew Higgins, moderator/chair

    This session is in memory of medievalist and distinguished Tolkien scholar who we sadly lost in 2020: Richard C. West. Richard wrote some of the most important and influential early scholarship on Tolkien including his seminal 1975 essay The Interlace Structure of The Lord of the Rings’ which demonstrated how the narrative interlace structure used by medieval authors influenced Tolkien’s work. In memory of Richard’s scholarship papers in this session will explore the influence and impact of works of medieval poetry and poets on the creative thought, process, and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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    4 July 2022 20:00 utc — view in local time

    IMC 2022: Borders, № 441: Tolkien as a Gateway to Interdisciplinary Teaching: A round table discussion

    Andrew Higgins, organiser; and Andrew Higgins, moderator/chair

    Participants include Deidre Dawson, independent scholar; and Dimitra Fimi, Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature (English Literature), University of Glasgow.

    This round table discussion will feature talks by teachers on how they have used the works of Tolkien to introduce and engage students with new fields of study and disciplines. Short papers and discussions will explore how teachers have used the works of Tolkien as a gateway for students to explore and become passionate about other areas of study.

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    6 July

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    IMC 2022: Borders, № 1033: Borders between life and death in Tolkien’s legendarium

    Andrew Higgins, Organiser; and Sara Brown, moderator/chair

    Papers in this session related to the thematic strand of the conference papers will explore themes around metaphysical borders and liminal spaces between life and death in Tolkien’s works and their influences.

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    6 July 2022 12:15 utc — view in local time

    IMC 2022: Borders, № 1133: Family, orientation, transgression, and crossing borders of Middle-earth

    Andrew Higgins, organiser; and Andrew Higgins, moderator/chiar

    Papers in this session will explore broader topics around different types of less evident borders found in Tolkien’s creative thought and writing. They can include orientations and borders that are encountered and crossed (or not) in various types of social interactions and relationships in Tolkien’s legendarium including social, linguistic, racial, and sexual.

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    29 July

    Mythcon, Mythcon 52: The mythic, the fantastic, and the alien

    Mythcon 52’s theme provides multiple opportunities to explore the Other in fantasy and mythopoeic literature. Tolkien spoke in On Fairy-stories” of the desire to visit, free as a fish, the deep sea; or the longing for the noiseless, gracious, economical flight of a bird.” We invite discussion about the types of fantasy that are more likely to put us into contact with the alien, such as time portal fantasy and space travel fantasy. In addition to Inklings, some writers who deal particularly well with the truly alien who might be explored include Lovecraft, Gaiman, Le Guin, Tepper, and others. Other topics that might be fruitfully explored are: depictions of the alien Other in film and television (Contact, Arrival, HBO’s Watchmen, etc.); developing constructed languages that are truly different from those of Earth-based humans; fantastical Others in indigenous myths (such as Coyote and Spider Woman from Native American mythology); and American folklore about the alien (flying saucers, alien abduction, Area 51, Roswell).

    Rivera Sun, Author Guest of Honor

    David Bratman, Scholar Guest of Honor

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