Later this week, UVM will host their annual conference on J.R.R. Tolkien, with a variety of papers on the British author, generally around the theme of ‘Bombadil and Other Middle-earth Mysteries’. It looks like it’ll be a fantastic event, with an interesting schedule of papers and presenters. I’ll be presenting at some point (I don’t know if this list is the presentation order), talking about how Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories helped to supercharge the door-stop Fantasy novel genre.
Here’s the full schedule for this weekend:
Friday, April 11th, 2014, Memorial Lounge: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
- Friday evening open-mic fireside readings 2014
- Organized and hosted by The Tolkien Club of UVM
- Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!
Saturday, April 12th, 2014, Ira Allen lecture hall, Billings Student Center: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Building Fantastic Worlds: How Tolkien Created the Modern Fantasy Genre
Andrew Liptak • independent scholar
- Authorship and the Vita Contemplativa in Tolkien
Nicholas Birns • Associate Professor • Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
- What Then Are These Wood-Woses?
Gerry Blair • independent scholar
- Beorn & Radagast: Exploring the Relationship between the Skin-changer and the Wizard
Andrew Peterson • Harvard ’14
- Numenor and the ‘Devouring Wave’: Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien’s Self-described ‘Atlantis Complex’
Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University
- Dragonomics: Smaug and Pollution in Middle-Earth
Richard Fahey • UVM ’08
- Following Saruman
Dr. Chris Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont
- Undergraduate Voices in Tolkien Studies, members of Chris Vaccaro’s Tolkien-related classes • University of Vermont
- Anders Albertson
- Casey Brinkman-Traverse
- Aaron Brunet
- Angus Yates
- Conner Klopfer
Sunday, April 13th, 2014
- Cook Green
- Sunday Springle-ring 2014, Organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM
Visit the conference website here.