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Tolkien's Legacy: 50 Years of Inspiration

Organization: GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship
Categories: Postcolonial, Graduate Conference, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Lingustics, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-12-02 to 2023-12-03 Abstract Due: 2023-11-10

Tolkien's Legacy: 50 Years of Inspiration

International Conference
2-3 December 2023
(Zoom sessions: 2 days/Virtual platform: 5 days)
Thematic Approach

GIRES, the Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship dedicates the conference to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the most influential and beloved fantasy authors of all time. The conference aims to honor Tolkien’s legacy, celebrate his works, and explore the enduring impact of his writings on literature, culture, and scholarship.

GIRES, dedicated to interdisciplinarity, invites scholars from diverse fields including but not limited to philosophy, religion, theology, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, art, economics, geography, cultural and political studies to contribute to the discussion share insights, and pay tribute to the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Proposed Topics 

-Tolkien’s world-building and mythology
-Characters and themes in Tolkien’s works
-Linguistic inventions and constructed languages
-Adaptations of Tolkien’s works in film, television, and other media
-Fan communities and the legacy of Tolkien fandom
-Tolkien’s influence on contemporary fantasy literature
-The reception of Tolkien’s works in different cultural contexts
-Explorations of Tolkien’s lesser-known writings and academic contributions
-Literary analysis of Tolkien’s works, including his languages, characters, and narrative techniques
-The role of mythology, folklore, and ancient languages in Tolkien’s writings
-Tolkien’s influence on the fantasy genre and subsequent authors
-The reception and interpretation of Tolkien’s works in different cultural and historical contexts
-Tolkien’s environmental and ecological themes and their relevance today
-Gender and representation in Tolkien’s works
-Tolkien’s impact on art, music, and visual culture
-Digital approaches to studying Tolkien’s works and fan communities
-Teaching Tolkien: Approaches and challenges in the classroom

Proposed Formats (Lingua franca: English)
-Individual papers (GIRES will included it in a panel)
-Panels (up to 4 presentations-chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Roundtable presentations (chaired by one of the presenters or appointed by GIRES)
-Poster presentations
-Student presentations (one paper presented by up to 3 young scholars)
-Keynote speech (depending on the time availability)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Asynchronous Platform)
-Pre-recorder presentation (s) (Synchronous-live- Sessions: live participation of presenter (s) during the Q&A sessions)

Publication Opportunity 
The Organizing Committee and GIRES Press will publish the most powerful and dynamic presentations of the conference and include them
in a collective volume in the form of short articles and/or long essays. For more information please contact us

Live Sessions Recording
All participants have the option to have their presentations recorded (during live sessions) in HD quality. The recordings will be uploaded to GIRES media for unlimited access and dissemination.

Asynchronous Options
All participants have the option to have their presentations (video/audio/text) uploaded to our Virtual Platform. All  registered participants will have access to the material for 5 days.

For more information, submission and registration please visit: https://www.gires.org/activities/conferences/tolkiens-legacy-50-years-of-inspiration/



Chloe Matias