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Call for papers: 

Tolkien Studies 2019 Popular Cultural Association National Conference Wardman Park Marriot, Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, 2019 DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2018

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 or interdisciplinary perspective.

We welcome individual paper proposals or proposals for paper sessions or roundtable discussions. All sessions are scheduled in 1.5 hour slots, typically with four presenters per paper session or five-seven per roundtable. Paper presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Academic and independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged 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 200-300-word abstract plus a working bibliography.

For roundtables or complete paper sessions, please submit:

Session Title Name and contact information for the session organizer Titles and abstracts for each presenter Contact information for each presenter

All presenters must set up an account to submit their proposal electronically, must be members of the PCA, and must register for the conference:


For information on PCA, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org

For conference information, please go to http://www.pcaaca.org/national-conference/

Travel and research grants are available: http://pcaaca.org/grants/

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Adaptation: Visual Arts Adaptation: Tolkien and Game Studies

Gender Studies: Women in Tolkien Gender Studies: Gender and Tolkien Gender Studies: Tolkien’s Queering of Genre

Literary Studies: Tolkien and Genre Literary Studies: Hemingway and Tolkien Literary Studies: Romanticism and Tolkien

Fandom Studies: Reparative Fan Fiction (Race) and Tolkien Fandom Studies: Tolkien and Cosplay Fandom Studies: History of Tolkien Fandom

Methodology: Digital Humanities Tools for Tolkien Scholarship Methodology: Ethics in Tolkien Studies

Themes: Environmentalism, Ecology, and Tolkien Themes: Poststructuralism and Tolkien

Religious Studies: Alternate Mythologies/Pagan Readings and Tolkien Religious Studies: Spirituality and Tolkien Religious Studies: Catholic Debates in 20th Century and Tolkien Religious Studies: Oxford Community and Tolkien

1 July Database Opens for Submissions 1 October Registration Opens 1 October Deadline for Paper Proposals 15 November Early Bird Registration Rate Ends 1 December Preliminary Program Available 15 December “Drop Dead”: Unregistered Participants Removed from Program 3 January 2019 Final Program to the Publisher 17-20 April 2019 Washington, D.C.!

For information on the Tolkien Studies area, please contact:

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

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

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