Thanks to my friend Robin A. Reid for compiling some of this information on hybrid and online Tolkien conferences in 2023. The hybrid conferences will allow in-person or virtual attendance and presentations. There is still time to submit proposals if you’re interested in giving a presentation! The list below is ordered according to deadlines for papers.
The Tolkien Society Seminar 2023: The Mighty and Frail Númenor
July 2, 2023 (Hybrid), The Hilton, Leeds, UK. Free
Proposals, max. 300 words, for 20-minute presentations are due Friday 13 January 2023.
According to the organizers, “The seminar aims to examine the role that Númenor plays in Tolkien’s legendarium.” You can find more information on the Seminar, suggested topics, and a link for submissions on the event page at https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/seminar-2023/
Tolkien @ UVM
April 1, 2023 (Hybrid), University of Vermont, Burlington, US
Keynote speaker: Gergely Nagy
The general topic is the Second Age of Middle-earth, though other topics might be accepted. According to the organizers, “Priority will be given to enquiries into history, historiography, and the historicity of race, gender, sexuality.” The submission deadline is January 15; abstracts should be around 200 words, sent to Dr. Chris Vaccaro at email@example.com. The announcement states “presenters can attend in person (preferred) or virtually.”
Mythopoeic Society – Online Midsummer Seminar.
Fantasy Goes to Hell: Depictions of Hell in Modern Fantasy Texts
August 5-6, 2023 (Online). $20.00 US
The conference will feature one track of papers on the theme “Fantasy Goes to Hell,” but other papers on mythopoeic fantasy will also be presented in a concurrent track. Proposals of around 200 words are due May 15, 2023. Suggested topics can be found on the Seminar page at https://www.mythsoc.org/oms/oms-2023.htm, which also includes the email addresses of the organizers.
August 31 – September 3 (Hybrid), St. Anne’s College, Oxford UK
This will be the 50th anniversary of Oxonmoot, which offers a varied program of events and presentations. The Call for Papers has not appeared yet nor have registration fees been announced. Keep an eye on the event page at https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-2023/ for these details and more.