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Tolkien Studies Area

2021 PCA National Conference



The Tolkien Studies Area (TSA) welcomes proposals for individual papers or for complete paper sessions (with four proposals) or 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.

The TSA welcomes 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, cultural studies, tourism studies, medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies.

Individual or session proposals may be submitted by February 28, 2021. In order to submit a proposal for the 2021 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 2021 year*
  3. After your proposal is accepted, register for the conference. 


*The requirement to become a member in order to submit a proposal is new this year. Membership fees are non-refundable.


Academics, independent scholars, and graduate students are invited to submit through the online submission page. For individual papers, please submit contact information (name, institutional affiliation if any, mail and 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. 


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

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

If you wish to organize a session, please contact robinareid@fastmail.com. Participants must have set up accounts and paid their membership to be added to paper session or roundtable proposals.

This year only: Proposals from 2020 may be re-submitted for the 2021 conference. There will be a link on the submission page which opens August 1. If you wish to resubmit your proposal, choose “yes,” and your previous submission to be retrieved for submission. Choose “no” to submit a different proposal.


Possible Topics

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 & Romanticisms

          Tolkien & Medievalisms

          Tolkien & Modernisms

          Tolkien & Postmodernisms

          Tolkien & the Sciences


Roundtables (brainstormed at 2019 conference):

          Tolkien Studies:       New Disciplines, Methods, Pedagogies

          Tolkien Studies:       How and Where To Publish

          Tolkien Studies:       The Question of Tolkien and Theory

          Research Ethics:       Can independent scholars lacking institutional review  boards do reception/fan studies?

          Digital Tolkien:         Digital Archives, Corpus Projects, Digital Mapping, Etc. 


For more information on the Tolkien Studies area, please contact:


Robin Anne Reid

Independent Scholar



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.


Please check back soon for 2022 conference updates.





Area chairs

Robin Anne Reid