2014 is the 60th anniversary of the Lord of the Rings. The Mithril Turtle is the University of Maryland College Park’s commemoration of this important literary and cultural milestone. A variety of events are planned for September 1 – October 17, 2014.
Among these is an interdisciplinary discussion series. Tolkien’s created world is realistically and compellingly realized, making it ideal for creative exploration of a wide range of disciplines. We invite proposals that use the lens of Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth to focus attention upon cutting-edge research and scholarship.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):
- Mithril and Materials Science: How close are we? [Materials Science]
- Does formal education exist in Middle-earth? [Higher Education]
- Tolkien as poet [Literature]
- Jackson’s films or other adaptations [Film Studies]
- Middle-earth, Tolkien, and the internet [Media and Pop Culture Studies]
- Tolkien’s contemporary art world and its influence on his art [Art]
- Tolkien-inspired artists and artwork [Contemporary Art]
- Tolkien’s cartography and medieval maps [Geography]
- Would Aragorn need an EPA? Land use in Middle-earth [Ecology, Public Policy]
- The economy of Middle-earth [Business and Economics]
- Tolkien’s medieval sources [History]
- Tolkien’s invented languages [Linguistics]
- Hobbit holes and earth homes: energy efficiency in Middle-earth [Architecture]
- Shelob, balrogs, and giant eagles: physiology in Middle-earth [Biology]
Short proposals (~one page) are welcome. For best consideration, send materials to Michelle Markey Butler (email@example.com) by July 20, 2014.
For more information about the LOTR Research Discussion Series, possible topics, or the Mithril Turtle event schedule, see mithrilturtle.umd.edu. Or contact Michelle Markey Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org).