Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Lord of the Rings (The Mithril Turtle)--DUE JULY 20, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Michelle Markey Butler/University of Maryland
contact email: 
mbutler5@umd.edu

2014 is the sixtieth anniversary of Lord of the Rings. The Mithril Turtle is the University of Maryland College Park’s commemoration of this important literary and cultural milestone. A variety of events are planned for September 1 – October 17, 2014.

Among these is an interdisciplinary discussion series. Tolkien's created world is realistically and compellingly realized, making it ideal for creative exploration of a wide range of disciplines. We invite proposals that use the lens of Lord of the Rings and Middle-earth to focus attention upon cutting edge research and scholarship.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

• Does formal education exist in Middle-earth? [Higher Education]
• Tolkien as poet [Literature]
• Jackson’s films or other adaptations [Film Studies]
• Middle-earth, Tolkien, and the internet [Media and Pop Culture Studies]
• Tolkien’s contemporary art world and its influence on his art [Art]
• Tolkien-inspired artists and artwork [Contemporary Art]
• Tolkien’s cartography and medieval maps [Geography]
• Would Aragorn need an EPA? Land use in Middle-earth [Ecology, Public Policy]
• The economy of Middle-earth [Business and Economics]
• Tolkien’s medieval sources [History]
• Tolkien’s invented languages [Linguistics]
• Hobbit holes and earth homes: energy efficiency in Middle-earth [Architecture]
• Shelob, balrogs, and giant eagles: physiology in Middle-earth [Biology]

Short proposals (~one page) are welcome. For best consideration, send materials to Michelle Markey Butler (mbutler5@umd.edu) by July 20, 2014.

For more information about the LOTR Research Discussion Series, possible topics, or the Mithril Turtle event schedule, see mithrilturtle.umd.edu. Or contact Michelle Markey Butler (mbutler5@umd.edu).

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