It seems as if the Tolkien at Kalamazoo sessions just finished up for this year, and here we are already with next year’s calls for papers. You can find all the CFPs and information on how to propose a talk on the International Congress on Medieval Studies website. The conference will take place May 10 – 13, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US. Here are the four approved sessions on Tolkien for 2018:
The Tolkien at Kalamazoo group has two sessions.
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
Tolkien’s re-envisioning of the medieval lay: the Lay of Beren and Luthien and the Lay of Aotrou and Itroun.
This will be a session of papers exploring two recent posthumous Tolkien publications by his son Christopher, and how they fit into the production of Tolkien’s legendarium.
Medievalism and environmentalism in Tolkien’s works
This will be a session of papers exploring the influences of environmentalism in Tolkien’s works, both his own beliefs as well as influences from the medieval world.
The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2017 to Dr. Brad Eden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Brad Eden
353 Harrison Blvd.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
“Eald Enta Geweorc”: Tolkien and the Classical Tradition
Sponsored by The Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, The Hill School.
Organizer John Wm. Houghton
“Finnish,” J. R. R. Tolkien famously commented, “nearly ruined my Honor Mods,” but even a bottom-of-the-barrel Second on the first examination in Litterae Humaniores in 1913 reflects a considerable depth of classical learning by our standards a century later. Despite his academically dangerous attraction to the northern fringes of Europe, Tolkien’s scholarly and literary projects could no more escape the intellectual relics of Greco-Roman civilization than could the Anglo Saxons whose landscape still showed its physical ruins, the ‘old work of giants.’ This session seeks papers which will consider Tolkien the medievalist as receiver and transmitter of the classical heritage.
Contact: John Wm. Houghton
The Hill School
860 Beech St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
Please submit proposals (consisting of a one-page abstract and the Congress Participant Information Form) by September 1st.
Tolkien and the Celtic Tradition
Sponsored by the History Department, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Organizer: Judy Ann Ford
Papers may focus on the impact of the Celtic tradition on any aspect of Tolkien’s work, either fictional or scholarly.
Contact: Judy Ann Ford
Email: Judy.Ford@tamuc.edu (preferred); or
Texas A&M University–Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429; or
The deadline is September 15, 2017.