A two-day event on February 20-21, 2015, sponsored and produced by The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH is intended as a means to bring together faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and local communities to explore, celebrate, and critique the diverse historical and cultural themes that relate to The Hobbit and the other works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The multiple spaces reserved will allow for simultaneous academic panels, culinary demonstrations, arts and crafts presentations, live-action demonstrations, and other exhibits or activities, reflecting the juxtaposition of historical and cultural traditions to fantasy and creative invention that characterizes Tolkien’s works.
The CMRS invites abstracts and panel proposals for its second academic conference on Popular Culture and the Deep Past, devoted this year to the works of and world surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien: “There and Back Again: Tolkien in 2015.”
Conference papers will be limited to 20 minutes’ duration, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Abstracts for sessions and individual papers should be limited to 250 words. The submission deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is October 1st.
To register to attend or submit a proposal, visit http://cmrs.osu.edu/events/pcdp/2015-tolkien