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Tolkien Studies 2019 Popular Cultural Association National Conference

Wardman Park Marriot, Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 17, to Saturday, April 20, 2019


The Tolkien Studies Area welcomes proposals for papers, paper sessions, or roundtables in any area of Tolkien Studies (the Legendarium, adaptations, reader reception and fan studies, source studies, literary studies, cultural studies, tourism studies, medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies) from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective.

We welcome individual paper proposals or proposals for paper sessions or roundtable discussions. All sessions are scheduled in 1.5 hour slots, typically with four presenters per paper session or five-seven per roundtable. Paper presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.

Academic and independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to submit. For individual papers, please submit contact information (name, institutional affiliation if any, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone number), a title and 200-300-word abstract plus a working bibliography.

For roundtables or complete paper sessions, please submit:

·       Session Title

·       Name and contact information for the session organizer

·       Titles and abstracts for each presenter

·       Contact information for each presenter

All presenters must set up an account to submit their proposal electronically, must be members of the PCA, and must register for the conference:


For information on PCA, please go to

For conference information, please go to

Travel and research grants are available:


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

·       Adaptation:  Visual Arts

·       Adaptation:  Tolkien and Game Studies


·       Gender Studies: Women in Tolkien

·       Gender Studies: Gender and Tolkien

·       Gender Studies: Tolkien’s Queering of Genre


·       Literary Studies: Tolkien and Genre

·       Literary Studies: Hemingway and Tolkien

·       Literary Studies: Romanticism and Tolkien


·       Fandom Studies: Reparative Fan Fiction (Race) and Tolkien

·       Fandom Studies: Tolkien and Cosplay

·       Fandom Studies: History of Tolkien Fandom


·       Methodology: Digital Humanities Tools for Tolkien Scholarship

·       Methodology: Ethics in Tolkien Studies


·       Themes: Environmentalism, Ecology, and Tolkien

·       Themes: Poststructuralism and Tolkien


·       Religious Studies: Alternate Mythologies/Pagan Readings and Tolkien

·       Religious Studies: Spirituality and Tolkien

·       Religious Studies: Catholic Debates in 20th Century and Tolkien

·       Religious Studies: Oxford Community and Tolkien



1 July                           Database Opens for Submissions

1 October                     Registration Opens

1 October                     Deadline for Paper Proposals

15 November                Early Bird Registration Rate Ends

1 December                  Preliminary Program Available

15 December                 "Drop Dead": Unregistered Participants Removed from Program

3 January 2019               Final Program to the Publisher

17-20 April 2019            Washington, D.C.!


For information on the Tolkien Studies area, please contact:


Robin Anne Reid

Department of Literature and Languages

A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, TX 75429

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