The theme for this years Seminar is Politics and Middle-earth. The papers currently planned are:
- Raffaella Benvenuto "Tolkien as a right-wing icon: The Strange case of Italy"
- Lynn Whittaker "Join the Tolkien Party". An exploration of how both Tolkien's work and adaptations of his work relate to real life politics, left, right and centre.
- Rosetta Sirico-Codling "Metaphysics, mythology, and the politics of the 'fantastic' in J R R Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and Ben Okri's The Famished Road"
- David Doughan "The Purging of the Shire". An examination of the chapter "The Scouring of the Shire".
The Seminar will be held at The Assembly House, Norwich, England on Saturday 22 July 2006. It will start at 09:30 and finish by 17:00. On-line booking is now available here:
Tolkien Society Seminar Page