Here’s the agenda for the Tolkien Society’s Summer Seminar 2021:
Saturday 3rd July
Time Speaker Paper (BST) (CEST) (EDT) 15:00 16:00 10:00 Cordeliah Logsdon Gondor in Transition: A Brief Introduction to Transgender Realities in The Lord of the Rings 15:30 16:30 10:30 Clare Moore The Problem of Pain: Portraying Physical Disability in the Fantasy of J. R. R. Tolkien 16:00 17:00 11:00 V. Elizabeth King “The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Traumatic Stress and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth 16:30 17:30 11:30 Sara Brown The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’ 17:00 18:00 12:00 BREAK 17:30 18:30 12:30 Sultana Raza Projecting Indian Myths, Culture and History onto Tolkien’s Worlds 18:00 19:00 13:00 Nicholas Birns The Lossoth: Indigeneity, Identity, and Antiracism 18:30 19:30 13:30 Kristine Larsen The Problematic Perimeters of Elrond Half-elven and Ronald English-Catholic 19:00 20:00 14:00 Cami Agan Hearkening to the Other: Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth 19:30 20:30 14:30 CLOSING COMMENTS
Sunday 4th July
Time Speaker Paper (BST) (CEST) (EDT) 15:00 16:00 10:00 Christopher Vaccaro Pardoning Saruman?: The Queer in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings 15:30 16:30 10:30 Sonali Chunodkar Desire of the Ring: An Indian Academic’s Adventures in her Quest for the Perilous Realm 16:00 17:00 11:00 Robin Reid Queer Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists, Oh, My! 16:30 17:30 11:30 Joel Merriner Hidden Visions: Iconographies of Alterity in Soviet Bloc Illustrations for The Lord of the Rings 17:00 18:00 12:00 BREAK 17:30 18:30 12:30 Eric Reinders Questions of Caste in The Lord of the Rings and its Multiple Chinese Translations 18:00 19:00 13:00 Dawn Walls-Thumma Stars Less Strange: An Analysis of Fanfiction and Representation within the Tolkien Fan Community 18:30 19:30 13:30 Danna Petersen-Deeprose “Something Mighty Queer”: Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien 19:00 20:00 14:00 Martha Celis-Menzoda Translation as a means of representation and diversity in Tolkien’s scholarship and fandom 19:30 20:30 14:30 CLOSING COMMENTS
I disavow the alt rohirrim and Elvish supremacism pic.twitter.com/nL0K1HjRd8
— Officer Frenly 20cm IQ 88 (@frenlybar) June 16, 2021
Seriously, Tolkien fought for four months in the Battle of the Somme against the nation that created the almighty work of art that is The Ring Cycle. Lord of the Rings is a Northern European tragic epic inspired by the self-destructiveness of Northern Europeans in the Great War.