Tolkien Studies

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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

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
Department of Literature and Languages
A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429

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

2021 Conference Dates and Deadlines


August 1, 2020————— Submission Page Goes Live

October 5, 2020————–Early Bird Registration Rate Begins

November 1, 2020———–Deadline for Paper Proposals and Grant Applications

December 6, 2020———–Early Bird Registration Ends

December 7, 2020 ———-Regular Registration Begins

January 1, 2021————–Regular Registration Ends

January 2, 2021————–Late Registration Begins

January 20, 2021———– Preliminary Schedule Available

February 1, 2021————Presenter Late Registration Ends at 11:59 pm: Non-registrants Dropped from Program

February 2, 2021———–Non-Presenters Registration Continues

March 31-April 3, 2021—-National Conference in Boston

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.

Area chairs

Robin Reid