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Call for papers: 

2020 Popular Cultural Association National Conference
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Market Street
Wednesday, April 15 - Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Tolkien Studies Area welcomes proposals for papers, paper sessions, or roundtables in any area of Tolkien studies (the Legendarium, adaptations, reader reception and fan studies, source studies, literary studies, cultural studies, tourism studies, medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies) from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary perspective. 

All sessions are scheduled in 1.5 hour slots with four presenters in paper sessions or five-seven in roundtables. Individual papers should not exceed 15 minutes. Roundtable participation should not exceed 5-7 minutes per participant. 

Academic, independent scholars, and graduate students are invited to submit. For individual papers, please submit contact information (name, institutional affiliation if any, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone number), a title and 300 word abstract including a brief working bibliography. 

For roundtables or complete paper session proposals, the session organizer should submit:  

  • Session Title
  • Organizer name and contact information
  • Titles, abstracts, names and contact information for all participants

Individual or session proposals may be submitted starting August 1. You must:

Create an account: https://pcaaca.org/user/register
Register for the conference and become a member between October 1, 2019 and February     1, 2020
 http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-co...

Possible topics for paper sessions or roundtables were discussed at the 2019 conference, but the list below are possible topics. Proposals on other topics relating to Tolkien studies are welcome:

Adaptation Studies 
    Games, Films, Art, Amazon’s Tolkien

Cultural Studies/Reception Studies/Fan Studies
    Race & Tolkien
    Queer Tolkien
    Gender & 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 & Romanticism
    Tolkien & Medievalisms
    Tolkien & Modernisms
    Tolkien & the Sciences

Roundtables (brainstormed at 2019 conference):
    Tolkien Studies: New Disciplines, Methods, Pedagogies
    Tolkien Studies: Publishing Venues 
    Research Ethics: Independent Scholars (relating to Tolkien reception & fan studies) 

 

For information on the Tolkien Studies area, please contact:

Robin Anne Reid
Robin.Reid@tamuc.edu
Department of Literature and Languages
A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429

Or check the Tolkien Studies at Popular Culture Public Group on Facebook. 
 

2020 Conference Dates and Deadlines

 

August 1, 2019                 Submission Page Goes Live
October 1, 2019               Early Bird Registration Rate Opens
November 1, 2019           Deadline for Paper Proposals and Endowment  Grants
December 1, 2019           Early Bird Registration Rate Ends
January 1, 2020               Regular Registration Rate Ends
January 2, 2020               Late Registration Rate Begins
January 15, 2020             Brigman and Jones Awards Deadline
January 20, 2020             Preliminary Schedule Available
February 1, 2020             Presenter Registration Deadline – participants who have not registered are removed from the program.

February 2, 2020              Registration ends for presenters at midnight.
April 15-18, 2020              National Conference

All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and fully  registered for the conference.


Refund requests must be submitted in writing. Full or partial refunds will be processed according to the following schedule:
Requested by Jan. 1: 100% refund
Requested by Jan. 15: 75% refund
Requested by Jan. 25: 50% refund
Requested by Feb. 1: 25% refund
After Feb. 1: 0% refund

Membership fees are not refundable.

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