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Upcoming entries

Foretellings of upcoming book releases, calls for papers, and events of interest to those studying Tolkien and his works, set forth by date and then by entry type.

4 February

Events

2022: The Inklings and horror: Fantasy’s dark corners, Friday evening

Friday evening, 5 pm or later, we will have Discord chats, gaming, possibly a digital break-out room, and other ideas that we can come up with.

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5 February

Events

2022: The Inklings and horror: Fantasy’s dark corners, Saturday

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2 April

Events

2022: Tolkien’s histories and the idea of history, Keynote

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13 April

Events

Popular Culture Association, 2022 National Conference

The 2022 National Conference has been moved into a virtual setting. The dates of the conference remain the same, April 13 – 16, 2022. The dangers of the COVID-19 variants, vaccination issues, and the pandemic-related funding cuts that many of us are experiencing all prompted this decision. I am happy to say that we now have a safe, accessible, and affordable venue without the risks involved in travelling.

Exciting and energetic, our 2022 event promises great conversations. Back by popular demand, the platform that hosted last year’s virtual conference will be even more user-friendly. We are working to ensure there will be more opportunities to view panels, visit with old friends and publishers, and network with new colleagues. As promised, our special celebration of the Popular Culture Association’s fifty years will continue. Our Book Room will offer the best publications and publishing opportunities in popular culture. We are also ensuring there will be opportunities for interested researchers to visit and discuss Seattle’s legendary, life-changing artifacts and culture virtually.

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    7 May

    Events

    9 May

    Events

    International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2022

    The 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place online Monday, May 9, through Saturday, May 14, 2022, followed by two weeks of recorded content available to registrants from Monday, May 16, through Saturday, May 28. Special events include a series of behind-the-scenes museum visits.

    The program [will be] available … in February, and registration opens in March.

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      4 July

      Events

      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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      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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      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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