University of Vermont
Jason Fisher has provided the following information (via TORN) for the Tolkien 2008 conference this weekend. Friday, April 11th Henderson's Cafe, Davis Center 7:30-9:00 p.m. -- Open-mike Fireside Tolkien Reading Saturday, April 12th Memorial Lounge Auditorium, Waterman Building 8:00-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 8:30-10:00 a.m. -- Session I: Personal Identity, Power, and Post-colonialism - Jacob Seliger "The Paradox of Power and Defining Good and Evil in The Lord of the Rings" - Thomas Turner II "'Their Fall Is Into Possessiveness': Possessiveness, Imperialism, and Colonialism in Middle-earth" - Michael Stanton "Tolkien in New Zealand" 10:00-11:30 a.m. -- Session II: Story and Heirlooms of Middle-earth - Jason Fisher "'Whoso beheld her was filled with her love': Sourcing Beren and Luthien in the Tale of Kilhwch and Olwen" - Elizabeth Kelly Martin "'Ever On and On': Ownership in Beowulf and Tolkien's Fiction" - Open Discussion 11:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lunch Break 1:30-3:30 p.m. -- Session III: Bodies and Landscapes in Middle-earth - Anna Smol "Uncanny Landscapes and Experiences of War in The Lord of the Rings" - Christopher Vaccaro "Physical Perils in The Hobbit" - E.L. Risden "In Body, Out of Body: Tolkien's Monsters, Norse Tradition, and the Conjunction of Spirit and Flesh" 3:00-4:30 p.m. -- Session IV: Out of Celtic/Back to Celtic - Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew "Celtic and Back Again: Translations of The Hobbit into Irish and Breton" - Jamie Williamson "Tolkien's Use of Traditional Narrative Genre Forms" - Open Discussion 4:30-4:45 p.m. -- Coffee/Tea Break 4:45-5:30 p.m. -- Keynote Speaker - Marjorie Burns "Night-wolves, Half-trolls, and the Dead Who Won't Stay Down: The Saga Supernatural in Tolkien's Middle-earth" Sunday, April 13th Memorial Lounge Auditorium, Waterman Building 9:30-11:30 a.m. -- Session VI: Undergraduate Voices in Tolkien and Middle-earth Studies - David Beams "Strength and Abnegation: Taoist Philosophy in Tolkien's World" - Justin Griffing "With Groans and Travail: An Investigation of the Theme of Redemption in The Lord of the Rings" - Christopher Waldo "And Then There Was Music: Cosmogony and Cosmology in Tolkien, Pythagorean Philosophy, and Hesiod" Tolkien 2009 April 10-12th Conference Theme: Females and the Feminine in Middle-earth: Readings, Writings, and Interpretations - Keynote Speaker: Jane Chance