Press Release: Celebrating 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings - August 11-15, 2005, Aston University, Birmingham, England

Tolkien 2005
The Ring Goes Ever On
Celebrating 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings

11-15 AUGUST 2005

ASTON UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, The Tolkien Society announces a major international conference and convention combining scholarship, celebration and commemoration.

Tolkien 2005: The Road Goes Ever On will be a worldwide gathering of Tolkien readers and enthusiasts, students of Tolkien's writings and artists responding to those writings, performers, actors and adapters; collectors and curators; bibliographers and philologists; established academics, new researchers and creative writers; journalists, publishers, biographers, commentators and film-makers. Tolkien 2005 will represent one of the first large-scale international gatherings of Tolkien readers to meet in the wake of the completion of Peter Jackson's screen versions of The Lord of the Rings and will endeavour to reflect this in its range of activities and interests.

The conference organisers now announce a first call for papers. Lectures, seminars and panel presentations are invited on all aspects of the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien. The conference encourages submissions intended for a variety of audiences: academic and literary critical contributions are welcome, as are responses aimed more broadly at the wide diversity of Tolkien readers and filmgoers. Contributions should combine sound scholarship with accessibility.

Emerging conference themes include:

· Art and Illustration
· Authors responding to Tolkien
· Dramatisation and film adaptation
· Publication histories
· Translation
· Philology and The Languages of Middle-earth
· Ecology and Environment
· Ethics, Power and Conflict
· Tolkien and War
· Popularity and the legacy of Tolkien
· Gender and identity
· Myth, Fantasy and Romance patterns
· Characterisation and narrative
· The Inklings
· Tolkien on the Internet
· Tolkien and recent fantasy literature
· Tolkien in literary theory and cultural studies

Expressions of interest and proposals should be sent (no deadline) to
Dr Bob Davis
University of Glasgow, St Andrews Building
11 Eldon Street
GLASGOW
G3 6NH
United Kingdom

or e-mail 2005.programme@tolkiensociety.org

Further information may be found at: http://www.tolkiensociety.org/2005/

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