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A chronicle of recent conferences, symposia, lectures, and the like of interest to those studying Tolkien and his works, set out by date.

6 July

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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6 July 2022 10:00 utc — view in local time

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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4 July

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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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 12:15 utc — view in local time

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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14 May

14 May 2022 21:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 418: Medievalism in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-century literary and cinematic adaptations of Beowulf

Lorraine Kochanske Stock, organizer; and Lorraine Kochanske Stock, presider

[From draft program.]

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14 May 2022 21:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 421: New readings of The Lord of the Rings

Luke J. Chambers, presider

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14 May 2022 19:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 394: C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages I: Dante and the Lewis Circle (in honor of Marsha Daigle Williamson)

Joe Ricke, organizer; and Barbara L. Prescott, presider

[From draft program.]

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13 May

12 May

12 May 2022 23:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 275: J.R.R. Tolkien and Medieval poets: A session in memory of Richard C. West

Christopher T. Vaccaro, organizer; and Jane Beal, presider

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12 May 2022 13:00 utc — view in local time

2022, № 226: Tolkien and the Medieval Animal

Kristine A. Swank, organizer; and Kristine A. Swank, presider

[From draft program.]

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