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Call for Papers                         

The Tolkien Studies Area (TSA) welcomes proposals for individual papers, paper sessions (with four proposals), and roundtables (with five-seven participants) in any area of Tolkien studies. All PCA sessions are scheduled in 1.5-hour slots. Individual presenters should plan for fifteen minutes to present, and roundtable participants should plan for 5-7 minutes each.

We welcome scholars in all period specializations, from any disciplinary perspective, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, and using any critical theory. Tolkien studies includes but is not limited to: the Legendarium, adaptations and transformative works, reader reception and fan studies, source studies, literary studies, critical race studies, cultural studies, tourism studies, medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies.

Academics, independent scholars, and graduate students are invited to submit through the online submission page. At this time, we are not accepting proposals from undergraduate students.

For individual paper proposals, please submit contact information (name, institutional affiliation if an, e-mail addresses, and telephone number), a title and a 300-word proposal that includes information on the topic, theory or method, and relation to relevant scholarship.


If you wish to organize a paper session or roundtable, please contact robinareid@fastmail.com for information on how to submit the materials. Organizers must have:

  • Session Title
  • Organizer name and contact information (as listed above)
  • Titles, abstracts, names and contact information for all participants

Participants must have set up accounts and paid their membership to be added to paper session or roundtable proposals.

In order to submit a proposal for the 2022 conference, you must:

  1. Create an account if you have not presented previously: https://pcaaca.org/user/register
  2. Pay your membership fee for the 2022 year.
  3. After your proposal is accepted, register for the conference.


Possible Topics


Adaptation Studies

 Games, Films, Art, Amazon’s Tolkien


Cultural Studies/Reception Studies/Fan Studies

  •           Race & Tolkien
  •           Queer Tolkien
  •           Gender & Tolkien
  •           Class & Tolkien
  •           Intersectional Tolkien
  •           Tolkien & Religion or Spirituality (Catholic, Buddhist, Neo-Paganism)
  •           Tolkien & White Supremacy (then and now)
  •           Tolkien’s Fandoms (fanfiction, fan art, fan vids, cosplay, collecting, tourism)
  •           Tolkien Fanzines (Marquette or other archives)
  •           Tolkien & Contemporary Fantasy (examples: N. K. Jemisin, G. R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett)


Literary Studies

  •           New Tolkien Publications
  •           Tolkien & Genre
  •           Tolkien & Romanticisms
  •           Tolkien & Medievalisms
  •           Tolkien & Modernisms
  •           Tolkien & Postmodernisms
  •           Tolkien & the Sciences

Possible Roundtable Topics:

  •           Games, Gaming, Gamers (Online or Tabletop)
  •           New Disciplines, Methods, Pedagogies
  •           How and Where To Publish
  •           The Question of Tolkien and Theory
  •           Digital Tolkien (Digital Archives, Corpus Projects)


The PCA allows attendees to present one paper and participate in one roundtable.



Robin Anne Reid



Tolkien Studies at Popular Culture Public Group


2022 Conference Dates and Deadlines

01Aug-21 2022 Conference Information Available on Website
01-Sept-21 Submissions Open 
01-Oct-21 Early Bird Registration Begins
15-Nov-21 Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications
16-Dec-21 Early Bird Registration Ends; Regular Registration Begins
01-Jan-22 Regular Registration Ends
02-Jan-22 Preliminary Schedule Available
01-Feb-22 Registration for Presenters End; Those Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program
01-Apr-22 Online Non-presenter Registration Ends
April 13-16, 2022

PCA Conference in Seattle, WA


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee.   

The last day for all refunds is February 15, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


PCA National Conference Dates

April 13-16, 2022


Conference location

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

1400 Sixth Avenue

Seattle, WA 98101

Please do not make hotel reservations until we establish the individualized link for our room block. 


Submission Information

The submission deadline is November 15, 2021.

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Area chairs

Robin Anne Reid