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Tolkien 2008 Conference - University of Vermont

| Filed under: Upcoming EventsUrulöké | April 8, 2008 @ 10:43 pm (Views: 2688)

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

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