Friday, April 11th

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in Henderson’s Cafe, Davis Center

Open-mike fireside Tolkien reading


Saturday, April 12th

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Continental breakfast


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 1: Personal Identity, Power, and Post-colonialism

 

The paradox of power and defining good and evil in The Lord of the Rings

— Jacob Seliger · University of Arizona

Their fall is into possessiveness”: Possessiveness, imperialism, and colonialism in Middle-earth

— Thomas Turner II · Rutgers University

Tolkien in New Zealand

— Michael Stanton · University of Vermont


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 2: Story and Heirlooms of Middle-earth

 

‘Whoso beheld her was filled with her love’: Sourcing Beren and Luthien in the Tale of Kilhwch and Olwen

Jason Fisher · independent scholar

‘Ever on and on’: Ownership in Beowulf and Tolkien’s fiction

— Elizabeth Kelly Martin · University of Maryland


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch break


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 3: Bodies and Landscapes in Middle-earth

 

Uncanny landscapes and experiences of war in The Lord of the Rings

— Anna Smol · Mount Saint Vincent University

Concerning Hobbit bodies

— Christopher Vaccaro · University of Vermont

In body, out of body: Tolkien’s monsters, Norse tradition, and the conjunction of spirit and flesh

— E.L. Risden · St. Norbert College


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Out of Celtic/Back to Celtic 

 

Celtic and back again: Translations of The Hobbit into Irish and Breton

— Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew · University of Pennsylvania

Tolkien’s use of traditional narrative genre forms

— James Williamson · University of Vermont


4:30 – 4:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Coffee & tea break


4:45 – 5:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 5: Keynote

 

Night-wolves, half-trolls, and the dead who won’t stay down: The saga supernatural in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

— Marjorie Burns · Portland State University


Sunday, April 13th

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 6: Undergraduate Voices in Tolkien & Middle-earth Studies

 

Taoist beliefs is Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

— David Beams

With groans and travail: An investigation of the theme of redemption in The Lord of the Rings

— Justin Griffing

And then there was music: Cosmogony and cosmology in Tolkien, Pythagorean philosophy, and Hesiod

— Christopher Waldo