The Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM is an annual weekend of academic papers, fireside readings, and bonhomie, bringing together seasoned academics, students, independent scholars, and the general public to explore Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien’s other creations.
Announcing the 16th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM
Tolkien and Horror
April 5th & 6th, 2019
Sponsored by the Humanities Center and UVM English Department. A call for papers will be issued anon.
2018: Languages & Etymology
With Dr. Andrew Higgins, co-editor of A Secret Vice, delivering the keynote address “Lexicography and language invention: The Gnomish Lexicon scripts.”
2017: Romance in Middle-earth
Dr. Corey Olsen of Signum University gave the keynote address, “The turning point of Tolkien’s career.”
2016: Tolkien & Popular Culture
Dr. Robin Reid of Texas A&M University delivered the keynote address with the sesquipedalian title, “Tolkien and popular culture: being the chronicle of quests from fandom to academia and back again as the island of Anglophone literary studies in the United States underwent transformations during the 1970s to the 2000s of the Fourth Age of the world due to progressive movements of the Twentieth Century challenging oppressive hierarchies relating to gender, race, and sexual identification (though not so much class because “America” and its weird obsession with bootstraps) as cultural studies swept like a wave over the ivory towers (keep in mind it’s a simile not an allegory), plus tattoos.”