UVM will hold its annual Tolkien Conference this coming April 8th, with Romances in Middle-earth as its theme. This year marks the 14th year that the conference has run.
The event will take place in UVM’s Lafayette Hall L207 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The deadline for abstract submissions has passed, but here’s the description on the website:
Tolkien wrote that he had the romances of William Morris in mind when writing The Lord of the Rings. We also know he was inspired by the Arthurian romances of England, Wales, and France. Tolkien’s own interlacing narrative style is very much derived from this medieval genre (while also anticipating the Post-modern). Additionally, Tolkien wrote of numerous romances of great intensity and poignancy within his narrative framework. Papers might consider these within the context of miscegenation, gender fluidity, or the homo-erotic, or they might explore other areas of interest.
Richard West of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will headline the event with a talk, and a full schedule of events will come later this spring. The event will cost $25, $15 for students and free for UVM students.
I’ve presented at this conference a couple of times: it’s a really neat way to take a deep dive into Tolkien fandom and academics.