CFP: Gender and Ethnicity in Tolkien (9/15/06; Kalamazoo, 5/10/07-5/13/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Robin Reid

CFP: Gender and Ethnicity in Tolkien (Kalamazoo, 9-15-2006; 5-10-13-07)


Gender and Ethnicity in Tolkien


Proposals on Tolkien's legendarium, including but not limited to The Lord of
the Rings, are sought for a sponsored session on "Gender and Ethnicity in
Tolkien" for the 2007 International Congress on medieval studies.


While scholarly work on feminist/gender issues in The Lord of the Rings has
been published, as has work on constructions of "race" in the novel, there
is little work that attempts to focus on the intersections of gender and
ethnicity. Thus, gender is often discussed solely in heterosexist and
Anglo-American terms, and "race" is considered as part of a black/white


This session invites proposals for papers analyzing how gender and sexual
identity are constructed in the different cultures of Middle-earth or how
"cultures" are constructed as gendered.


Topics might include but are not limited to:


Gendered/Ethnic space in Tolkien

Bodies in Tolkien

Transnational/postcolonial feminist readings of Tolkien

Queering Tolkien


The deadline is September 15, 2006.


A complete proposal is an abstract of no more than 300 words plus the
completed Abstract Cover Sheet which can be found in pdf format on the
Congress web site at:


Submit proposals and Abstract Cover Sheets to:


Robin Reid

Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce TX 75429




Jane Chance

Rice Univ.

English Dept.

MS 30

PO Box 1892

Houston, TX 77251-1892


More information on the Congress can be found at their web site:


The Tolkien at Kalamazoo web site is:




Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D.


Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce TX 75429

Work: 903-886-5268

Fax: 903-886-5980


Call for Papers: Representing the Other, Gender and Sexuality in the
Fantastic (International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft
Lauderdale, FL. March 14-18, 2007). GoH: Geoff Ryman, Melissa Scott, Marina
Warner. Details at: <>


Co-Director, NEH 2004 Tolkien Institute

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