Call for Papers: Tolkien @ Kalamazoo 2014

Girdle book. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Girdle book. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

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The Tolkien at Kalamazoo group has been approved for 3 paper sessions at the International Medieval Congress held at Kalamazoo, Michigan in May 2014. The paper sessions are:

  1. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur.
    This session will discuss the publication of Tolkien’s Arthurian poem, how it relates to other Tolkien works, and its relation to Tolkien’s mythology.
  2. Tolkien’s Natural World and Science.
    This session will examine various aspects of Tolkien’s mythology in relation to its physical and scientific constructs: plants, weather, cosmology, animals, geography, etc.
  3. Tolkien and his Medieval Sources.
    This session will focus on Tolkien’s medieval and linguistic backgrounds as sources for his scholarship and the construction of his legendarium

The deadline for submission of proposals for the paper sessions is September 1, 2013 to Dr. Brad Eden at If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact him. In order to have your paper accepted you will have to fill in the necessary paperwork and send it to Dr. Eden.

The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations, and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers, and purveyors of medieval sundries. The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning until Sunday at noon. Further information at the official website or Twitter account.

Picture: Girdle Book, Beinecke Library, Yale University. Photographer: Beinecke  Library. Used thanks to a (CC BY-SA 2.0) license.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.