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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 
21 Jan-22 Deadline for Paper Proposals
11 Feb-22 Early Bird Registration Ends
12 Feb-22 Regular Registration Begins
01 Mar-22 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Late Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
01 Apr-22 Late Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
April 13-16, 2022

Virtual conference


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 20, 2022. No refund requests will be honored after this date. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Area chairs

Robin Anne Reid