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Tolkien conference April 10-11 in Burlington, Vermont.

N.E. Brigand

Mar 23 2009, 5:04am

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For the third consecutive year, I’ll be attending the annual Tolkien conference run by Chris Vaccaro at the University of Vermont; the dates this year are April 10-11. There will be a “fireside reading” Friday evening, followed on Saturday by a single track of scholarly papers (usually six in the morning and six in the afternoon), culminating in a keynote address late in the day. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Chance. This is a free event. In past years, there has been a morning schedule of student papers on Sunday (and students comprise a good portion of the audience on Saturday) but given that April 12 is Easter, I gather that’s not happening.

The conference theme is “Females and the Feminine in Middle-earth: Readings, Writings, and Interpretations”, but in my experience, only some papers stick to the primary conference theme. I haven’t seen the final schedule yet; I’ll post it as soon as it becomes available.

Anyone in the Burlington area who'd like to meet up? Unlike the past three years, visualweasel will not be in attendance this time, but at least one other TORNado is planning to be there.

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Mar 23 2009, 5:15pm

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I've been to this event three years running, and I highly recommend it to anyone in the area (or not, but willing to travel). I'm sitting this year out, as N.E. Brigand has already noted. I would love to see the schedule as soon as you have it, and I hope to see a full report in the wake of the conference.

Who is else going to be there?

Jason Fisher
Lingwë - Musings of a Fish

The Lord of the Rings discussion 2007-2008 – The Two Towers – III.4 “Treebeard” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
“On Fairy-stories” discussion 2008 – “Origins” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Mar 24 2009, 1:46am

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Me! I am planning on going this year... [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for posting this NEB and I am looking forward to seeing you and anyone else who can make it this year!

With luck, I'll be able to go to the next four years of these -- provided my oldest kid follows through on going to college there and makes it through graduation there.



Mar 25 2009, 2:24pm

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It's unfortunate that they scheduled it on Easter weekend. I would have liked to attend too. maybe next year.


Mar 30 2009, 7:11pm

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I'm away at college - I'll be in Vermont after May...darn it

Theres some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and its worth fighting for.


Apr 2 2009, 2:56pm

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I've posted the full schedule for the conference at my blog, here. I've also got the dates, theme, and keynote speaker for next year's conference up. Just for your ease, here are the highlights of this year's schedule (and as you predicted, N.E. Brigand, nothing on Sunday this time):

April 10–11, The University of Vermont, Burlington
Theme: Sex and Gender in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Open-mike fireside Tolkien reading and performance
Henderson’s Cafe, Davis Center
7:30–9:30 pm

Full Day Conference
Memorial Lounge Auditorium
Waterman Building

Session I — Difference: Sexual, Gendered, and Spiritual, 8:30–10:00 am
  • ‘Not all Tears are an Evil’: Tragedy and Consolation in The Lord of Rings – Elizabeth Bateman (Washington College)
  • Tolkien’s Theory of Gender in The Silmarillion – Corey Olsen (Washington College)
  • ‘(As it were) a Vocation’: Frodo’s Celibacy from Tolkien’s Traditional Catholic Perspective – Trudy G. Shaw (Creighton University)

Session II — Tolkien and the Literary Tradition, 10:00–11:30 am
  • Mirrored Images: Similarities Between Éowyn in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice – Jessica Safran (Central Michigan University)
  • History, Love, and Bodies: Tolkien and Morris – James Williamson (University of Vermont)
  • Bewildered by Loss in Sir Orfeo and The Children of Húrin – Rob Wakeman (University of Maryland, College Park)

Keynote, 1:00–2:00 pm
‘In the Company of Orcs’: Peter Jackson's Queer Tolkien – Jane Chance (Rice University)

Session III — Theorizing Tolkien, 2:00–3:30 pm
  • A Hegelian Reading of the Elves: Synthesizing the Master-Slave Dialectic in The Silmarillion – Jacob Seliger (University of Arizona)
  • Queer Theory and Tolkien’s Middle-earth – Christopher Vaccaro (University of Vermont)
  • Elfin Agency: Performativity and Arwen Evenstar in The Lord of the Rings – James Weldon (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Session IV — Roundtable Discussion, 3:45–5:00 pm
Sexualities and Genders in Middle-earth

Jason Fisher
Lingwë - Musings of a Fish

The Lord of the Rings discussion 2007-2008 – The Two Towers – III.4 “Treebeard” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
“On Fairy-stories” discussion 2008 – “Origins” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Apr 2 2009, 3:36pm

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Much appreciated to help with scheduling!

Wish you and other TORn-folk were going, but I am glad that I will get a chance to see NEB and it looks like a good program. And thanks for the heads up on the 2010 one in your Blog. RL permitting, this is a conference I hope to attend annually from here on out...



Apr 2 2009, 3:44pm

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Jason Fisher
Lingwë - Musings of a Fish

The Lord of the Rings discussion 2007-2008 – The Two Towers – III.4 “Treebeard” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
“On Fairy-stories” discussion 2008 – “Origins” – Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


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