Friday, April 10th

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

Open-mike fireside Tolkien reading & performance


Saturday, April 11th

 

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: Difference: Sexual, Gendered, & Spiritual

 

‘Not all tears are an evil’: Tragedy and consolation in The Lord of Rings

— Elizabeth Bateman · Washington College

Tolkien’s theory of gender in The Silmarillion

— Corey Olsen · Washington College

‘(As it were) a vocation’: Frodo’s celibacy from Tolkien’s traditional Catholic perspective

— Trudy G. Shaw · Creighton University


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

Session 2: Tolkien and the Literary Tradition

 

Mirrored images: Similarities between Eowyn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

— Jessica Safran · Central Michigan University

History, love, and bodies: Tolkien and Morris

— James Williamson · University of Vermont

Bewildered by loss in Sir Orfeo and The Children of Hurin

— Rob Wakeman · University of Maryland, College Park


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Keynote

 

‘In the company of Orcs’: Peter Jackson’s queer Tolkien

— Jane Chance · Rice University


2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 3: Theorizing Tolkien

 

A Hegelian reading of the Elves: Synthesizing the master-slave dialectic in The Silmarillion

— Jacob Seliger · University of Arizona

Queer theory and Tolkien’s Middle-earth

— Christopher Vaccaro · University of Vermont

Elfin agency: Performativity and Arwen Evenstar in The Lord of the Rings

— James Weldon · Wilfrid Laurier University


3:30 – 3:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Coffee, tea, & cookies


3:45 – 5:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Roundtable discussion

 

Sexualities and genders in Middle-earth