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Call for Papers: Tolkien Society Seminar 2015

If you’re planning on going to the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK this summer, you may want to arrive a couple days early and attend the Tolkien Society Seminar. Better yet, present a paper!

The 2015 Tolkien Society Seminar will be on the 4th July 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds. The theme of the seminar will be ‘One Hundred Years of Middle-earth’. This weekend has been chosen as it precedes the International Medieval Congress which is running from 6th to 9th July 2015.

The IMC have traditionally held various events on the Sunday prior to the IMC and we eagerly await details of next year’s events which are usually free. One confirmed event for Sunday 5th July is a second-hand and antiquarian book-fair.

Proposals are invited on the broad subject of Tolkien’s earliest works spanning the time period from his years at Oxford through to his First World War service. This could involve an analysis of early poetry or an exploration of Tolkien’s invented languages. Consideration might be given to the psychological impact of war on Tolkien’s creative process or how the shattered landscapes, contrasting starkly with the British countryside, influenced the landscapes of Middle-earth.

Papers should be between 15 and 30 minutes. The aim is to provide, ‘Something for everyone’, and papers from first time presenters are particularly welcome. This will be an opportunity to present to fellow enthusiasts in a friendly and welcoming environment. Papers will be requested for publication of the proceedings.

Proposals of around 250 words should be sent to Verne Walker by Friday 14th February 2014.