CFP: Tolkien Studies

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Tolkien Studies, Popular Culture Association
contact email: 

CFP: 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


Or check the Tolkien Studies at Popular Culture Public Group on Facebook.