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Tolkien and Medieval Constructions of Race (A Roundtable) (International Congress on Medieval Studies)

Organization: The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, University of Glasgow
Event: International Congress on Medieval Studies
Categories: British, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century
Event Date: 2023-05-11 to 2023-05-13 Abstract Due: 2022-09-15

The Call for Papers for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA (May 11–May 13, 2023) is now open. Proposals of papers and contributions to roundtables are due Sept. 15, 2022. The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, University of Glasgow, is sponsoring the following session: Tolkien and Medieval Constructions of Race (A Roundtable)

Contact: Mariana Rios Maldonado
Modality: Virtual 

The construction of race in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth narratives, legendarium, and their adaptations represents even now a gap within Tolkien scholarship. The adverse reactions to the 2021 Tolkien Society’s “Tolkien and Diversity” Seminar and the diverse casting of the upcoming Lord of the Rings series highlight the pressing importance of addressing this subject from all areas of Tolkien scholarship, including medieval studies. This roundtable will bring these discussions to the forefront, with special consideration towards the ground-breaking, critical inputs by medievalists of colour and the field’s intersection with postcolonial theory. Contributions from all scholarly approaches are welcome.

All proposals must be made through the Congress's Confex system. Please carefully follow the instructions on the Congress's Call for Papers (https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call). 



Mariana Rios Maldonado