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Call for Papers: Return of the Ring

Posted on June 24, 2011 by Edith L. Crowe

Please note there are two paper calls here–first, that for the main conference, then for an additional one-day postgraduate symposium on the 17th.

The Return of the Ring: Celebrating 75 Years of  The Hobbit Loughborough University, UK, 16th-20th August 2012

J.R.R. Tolkien is an author who excites diverse critical response from both academia and non-academia. Although best known for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other tales of his Middle-earth ‘legendarium’, Tolkien’s oeuvre extends to Anglo-Saxon studies (to which he contributed much as an academic), essays on fairy tales, poetry, children’s tales and non-Middle-earth fantasy.

In recent years academic interest in the fantasy genre has increased dramatically. Likewise fandom studies are developing as fan productions proliferate, particularly since Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

Return of the Ring’ is a conference (celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Hobbit) which aims to bring together scholars and researchers from across the globe to share their expertise and interest in any Tolkien-related area of study such as linguistics, fantasy, literature, education, media & culture, fandom etc. Speakers include Tom Shippey, Martin Barker, Dimitra Fimi, John Garth, and Corey Olsen amongst others.

The conference will include several academic streams as well as other events and is run by The Tolkien Society, the long-established literary society devoted to the promotion and understanding of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

There will also be a gathering of musicians and artists inspired or
influenced by Tolkien, and of those interested in any aspect of Tolkien and his work.

The Tolkien Society invites submissions of proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and posters. For more information about the programme, to submit abstracts or papers, or to discuss any aspect of your proposal, please contact Meggy McMurry at by 11th November 2011. If you are organising a group of presentations, the group co-ordinator should contact Meggy directly before submitting the individual items.

We also invite applications for the Christine Davidson Memorial Lecture, for which the selected recipient will receive some financial assistance to attend the conference. If you wish to apply, please read the information about the award and the criteria for entry.

Details of the full conference, ‘Return of the Ring’, including
accommodation rates, are available at

Postgraduate Symposium:  Call for Papers

Postgraduate Symposium: Tolkien Studies
Friday 17th August, 2012 at Loughborough University, UK

As part of their larger scale conference, ‘Return of the Ring’, the Tolkien
Society (UK) are offering a dedicated postgraduate symposium bringing
together contemporary research in any discipline from the field of Tolkien Studies such as linguistics, literature, film studies, creative responses etc. This is a unique opportunity for postgraduate and early career stage researchers to come together, share scholarship and be mentored by leading academics in the field in interdisciplinary panels.

The day is structured around the postgraduate papers, grouped into panels, and culminates in a workshop session led by Martin Barker, Dimitra Fimi and Corey Olsen. The number of attendees is limited to 40 (with a maximum of 24 speakers in parallel sessions). All symposium attendees will also be welcome to attend the Friday evening events and entertainments of the main conference.
The symposium is free to postgraduates already registered for ‘Return of the Ring’ or £40 (including lunch) for those who are attending the symposium only. Student accommodation is available for either/both Thursday 16th and Friday 17th August.
To register for the symposium, or to submit an abstract (for a 15 minute paper) or for all other enquiries, please contact Meggy McMurry at