CFP: [Graduate] 2008 The Formosa International Graduate Conference on J. R. R. Tolkien

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Fantastic Literature Laboratory
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FIGCT 2008:
The Formosa International Graduate Conference on J. R. R. Tolkien
National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
July 19~20, 2008

Guest Scholar & Keynote Speaker:
Professor Thomas Honegger, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany

Formosa is per se fantastic. For Europeans, it was the imaginary island,
the Isle Formosa Gad Avia, forged by George Psalmanazaar who claimed to be
Formosan and invented the “Formosan language” in early 18th century.
Formosa is presently named Taiwan, the Republic of China. And from this
realistic Formosa (by no means the mysterious island that sacrifices the
hearts of 18,000 young boys every year), National Dong Hwa University will
hold the Formosa International Graduate Conference on J. R. R. Tolkien
(FIGCT) on 19~20 July 2008. Graduate students engaged in Tolkien studies
from various disciplines are invited to submit papers and share ideas with
their peers. Papers both in English and Chinese are welcomed.

J. R. R. Tolkien, a maestro of fairy-stories, received unprecedented
popularity in the twentieth-first century with the appearance of Peter
Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s Middle-
earth myth has charmed readers of all ages and inspired many modern
fantasy novelists, such as J. K. Rowling, Robin Hobbs, and George. R. R.
Martin. As a philologist versed in ancient Germanic languages and learned
in Norse mythology, with a particular love for the Finnish language,
Tolkien created his private language in his early years. Tolkien’s
enthusiasm for language is the original source for his artistic and
imaginary stories. In the combination of language and mythopoeia, a vivid
mythology intended for England is “discovered” for us. The FIGCT 2008
attempts to draw Taiwanese graduate students’ attention to the studies of
J. R. R. Tolkien and also welcomes international graduate students engaged
in Tolkien studies.
As Formosa encounters Tolkien’s sub-created world, the FIGCT 2008 looks
to bring together graduate students in dialogue about Tolkien’s literary
creation, inspiration, influence and reception. Papers on the following
themes, but not limited to, are encouraged:

Four Elements
Imaginary Creatures
Imaginary Topography
Cinematographic Adaptation
Comparative Studies

For papers both in English and Chinese, abstract proposals of
approximately 250-300 words, along with the title of the paper and contact
information, should be sent by e-mail to the organizing committee
( before May 9, 2008. Notification of
acceptance will be announced on May 19, 2008. Final papers (10-15 pages,
MLA style) should be due on July 5, 2008. Presenters should plan for a 20-
minute presentation.

Organizing Committee of FIGCT 2008
Fantastic Literature Laboratory
National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan

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