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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.

5 September

Oxonmoot 2021, Sunday

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3 September

Oxonmoot 2021, Friday

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2 September

Oxonmoot 2021, Thursday

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9 July

IMC 2021: Climate, Medieval climates, cosmologies, & ecosystems in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien I

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

Tolkien spent most of his lifetime inventing an extended mythology which displays an impressive array of secondary world infrastructures (Mark Wolf, Building Imaginary Worlds, Routledge, 2012). The richness of his world-building allows scholars to directly address the overall theme of this conference with papers exploring broad aspects of climate and its relationship and impact on the heavens, waters, landscapes, patterns of weather and peoples in Tolkien’s world-building as expressed through his narratives, language invention, and his own exploration and scholarship.

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IMC 2021: Climate, Medieval climates, cosmologies, & ecosystems in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien II

Andrew Higgins, Organiser; and Kristine Larsen, Moderator/chair

Tolkien spent most of his lifetime inventing an extended mythology which displays an impressive array of secondary world infrastructures (Mark Wolf, Building Imaginary Worlds, Routledge, 2012). The richness of his world-building allows scholars to directly address the overall theme of this conference with papers exploring broad aspects of climate and its relationship and impact on the heavens, waters, landscapes, patterns of weather and peoples in Tolkien’s world-building as expressed through his narratives, language invention, and his own exploration and scholarship.

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8 July

IMC 2021: Climate, J.R.R. Tolkien: Medieval roots and Modern branches

Andrew Higgins, Organiser & 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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IMC 2021: Climate, Tolkien and diversity: A roundtable discussion

Andrew Higgins, Organiser; and Yvette Kisor, Moderator/chair

Participants include Deidre Dawson, independent scholar; Sultana Raza, independent scholar; and Christopher T. Vaccaro, Senior Lecturer, University of Vermont.

This roundtable discussion will explore different and diverse contextual approaches to the works of Tolkien as well how educators and scholars constructively engage with the complex and often seemingly problematic representations of race and ethnicity in Tolkien’s works.

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7 July

IMC 2021: Climate, Trauma and transcience in Old English poetry and its influence

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IMC 2021: Climate, Earth, water, wind, light: Aspects of physical and spiritual climate in the poems of the Pearl-poet

Catherine J. Batt, Organiser; Jane Beal, Organiser; and Catherine J. Batt, Moderator/chair

The papers in this session address, severally and collectively, the nature and imaginative reach of the Pearl-poet’s treatment, in Middle English, of humanity’s encounters with the environment, and all consider aspects of the poems’ descriptive art. For Jane Beal, the topos of a waterside encounter in Pearl illuminates our understanding of Tolkien’s artistry. Mickey Sweeney considers how Sir Gawain’s representation of the fertile land yields new insights into perceptions of the environment and human experience across the genres of history and romance, while Ashley Bartelts work addresses how, in the poet’s work, the weather registers deeper moral and spiritual assaults on a vulnerable humanity.

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4 July

Summer 2021: Tolkien and diversity, Sunday #1

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Summer 2021: Tolkien and diversity, Sunday #2

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3 July

Summer 2021: Tolkien and diversity, Saturday #1

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