CFP: THE SILMARILLION: THEMES, NARRATIVES, COMPARATIVE STUDIES
- The Departments of English and Religious Studies of St. Francis
College and the Northeast Tolkien Society, Heren Istarion, will
co-sponsor a conference, "The Silmarillion: Themes, Narratives,
Comparative Studies," on April 20-22, 2007. The event will commemorate
the 30th anniversary of the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion by J.
R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien.
The conference will be held at St. Francis College in downtown
Brooklyn, New York.
The program will focus on the entire body of mythic narrative
collectively known as "the Silmarillion," in all the different
versions of its parts written throughout Tolkien's life. A wide range
of interrelated subjects connected to the Silmarillion will be
discussed. We invite proposals on the following topics:
- The formation of the Silmarillion: its composition, worldview and
- Themes and narratives of the Silmarillion; comparative studies
- The Silmarillion in context: the relation of Tolkien's myth to the
work of other Inklings
- Interdisciplinary approaches to all of the above topics
Proposals should be submitted as 1-page abstracts for 20-minute papers
or as 8-10 page papers. We welcome proposals for complete panels as
well as individual presentations. Preference will be given to
proposals on the topics given above.
Proposals should be submitted January 22, 2007 by e-mail to BOTH of
the e-mail addresses below or by regular mail to
Department of Religious Studies,
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Information on registration and the conference website will be