Wednesday, March 11, 2015

KALAMAZOO! (Tolkien at Kalamazoo)

Having now booked my tickets (for plane AND train) for the trip out, I'm now switching into get-ready-for-Kalamazoo mode -- most importantly by working on my presentations, but also going through the schedule to see what Tolkien events are being offered this year, with the results given below.

As you can see, things are clustered on Thursday (four events) and Sunday (two events filling the final half-day of the conf.). Friday is wide open: a good time to visit with people and explore the book room. Saturday is tricky: the only two times where there's double-tracking are the two C. S. Lewis events opposite the 'Tales After Tolkien' events. In the past I've found both well worth going to, and there are specific papers on each I want to see this year -- Kristine Larsen's papers always tell me things I didn't know (and this time it looks to be based on what's probably my favorite CSL book), and both the medieval detectives and animal pain presentations sound intriguing. So, Saturday afternoon will be the tricky part of my schedule.

My own contributions come early (Th. 1.30; the Christopher Tolkien roundtable) and late (Sun. 8.30 am!; the Tolkien as Linguist and Medievalist panel), and I'll be in good company for both. And of course I'll be at as many of the other events as I can manage.

If you're going to be there, be sure to say hi; if I'm not at a panel I'll probably be somewhere around the NODENS BOOKS table in the Book Room. And if I met you last year, forgive me if I walk right by without recognizing you; my mild form of face-blindness means I'm likely to remember our conversation from a few years ago but not what you look like. Sorry about that; just give me a reminder.

--John R




THURSDAY 10 AM
Tolkien as Translator and Translated
Session 33 Bernhard 204
Sponsor: History Dept., Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Organizer: Judy Ann Ford, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Judy Ann Ford
Tolkien’s Beowulf and the “Correcting Style” Dean Easton, Independent Scholar
Sir Orfeo, the Classical Sources, and the Story of Beren and LĂșthien Sandra Hartl, Otto-Friedrich-Univ. Bamberg
Translator and Language Change: On J. R. R. Tolkien’s Translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Maria Volkonskaya, Higher School of Economics, National Research Univ.


THURSDAY 1:30 PM
Christopher Tolkien as Medieval Scholar (A Roundtable)
Session 49  Valley II Eicher 202
Organizer:  Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar
Presider:  John Wm. Houghton, Hill School
A roundtable discussion with Douglas A. Anderson; John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar; and Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.


THURSDAY 3:30 PM
Tolkien and Victorian Medievalism
Session 127 Schneider 2355
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.
Presider: Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College
J. R. R. Tolkien on the Origin of Stories: The Pardoner’s Tale Lectures and Nineteenth-Century Folklore Scholarship
Sharin Schroeder, National Taipei Univ. of Technology
Maps and Landscape in William Morris and J. R. R. Tolkien
Amanda Giebfried, St. Louis Univ.
Tolkien’s Victorian Fairy-Story Beowulf
Jane Chance, Rice Univ.


THURSDAY 7:30 PM
Tolkien’s Beowulf (A Readers’ Theater Performance)
and Maidens of Middle-earth V, “Turin’s Women”
Session 155 Fetzer 1045
Organizer:  Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.
Presider:  Thom Foy, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn
Tolkien’s Beowulf Thom Foy; Andrew Higgins, Cardiff Metropolitan Univ.; Jewell Morow, Independent Scholar; Deidre Dawson, Independent Scholar; Mark Lachniet, Independent Scholar; Richard West, Independent Scholar; Jane Beal, SanctuaryPoet.net; Brad Eden
Maidens of Middle-earth V: “Turin’s Women”
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State Univ.

SATURDAY NOON
Noon
Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Business Meeting
Bernhard 158

SATURDAY 1:30 PM
Session 442 Bernhard 158
From Frodo to Fidelma: Medievalisms in Popular Genres (A Roundtable)
Sponsor:    Tales after Tolkien Society
Organizer:   Helen Young, Univ. of Sydney
Presider:     Geoffrey B. Elliott, Oklahoma State Univ.–Stillwater
Black in Sherwood: Race and Ethnicity in Robin Hood Media
Kris Swank, Pima Community College
Hedgehogs and Tomb Raiders in King Arthur’s Court: The Influence of Malory in Adventure Games
Serina Patterson, Univ. of British Columbia
The Zombie Apocalypse in the Classroom and Medieval Plague
John Marino, Maryville Univ.
Crimes and Conspiracies in Town and Court: Embodying Late Medieval Life
Candace Robb, Independent Scholar
Found Footage: The Popular Credibility of the Grimms’ Tales
Thomas R. Leek, Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Arthuriana for Children: Narrative Integrity and the Medieval in Gerald Morris’s Squires Tales
Alexandra Garner, Bowling Green State Univ.
Medievalism and the Popular Romance Novel
Geneva Diamond, Albany State Univ.

also SATUDAY 1:30 PM
Session 402 Valley I Shilling Lounge
Medieval Mind of C. S. Lewis: Sources, Influences, Revisions, Scholarship
Sponsor: C. S. Lewis Society, Purdue Univ.; Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends, Taylor Univ.
Organizer: Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.
Presider: Joe Ricke
Ransom as Pilgrim: A Reflection of Dante’s Commedia in Out of the Silent Planet Marsha Daigle-Williamson, Spring Arbor Univ.
Walking beneath Medieval Skies: C. S. Lewis’s Challenge to Modern Minds
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.
The Medieval Sources and Inspiration for C. S. Lewis’s Understanding of Self and Society
Hannah Oliver Depp, Politics and Prose Bookstore/American Univ.
Bridging the Gap between Medieval and Modern Science: The Middle Way of C. S. Lewis
Dennis Fisher, Independent Scholar

SATURDAY 3:30 PM
Session 501 Bernhard 158
Martin and More: Genre Medievalisms
Sponsor: Tales after Tolkien Society
Organizer: Helen Young, Univ. of Sydney
Presider: Stephanie Amsel, Southern Methodist Univ.
Medievalism, Feminism, and “Realism” in Game of Thrones
Kavita Mudan Finn, Southern New Hampshire Univ.
Save the Cheerleader, Save the World: Yesterday’s Heroism Today
Valerie Dawn Hampton, Western Michigan Univ./Univ. of Florida
Detectives in the Middle Ages? The (Exceptionally) Popular Genre of Medievalist Crime Fiction
Anne McKendry, Univ. of Melbourne
White Hats for White Plumes: The Western as Arthurian Romance Reimagined
Geoffrey B. Elliott, Oklahoma State Univ.–Stillwater

also SATURDAY 3:30 PM
Session 461 Valley I Shilling Lounge
Phantom Limb: The Presence of the Problem of Pain in the Works of C. S. Lewis
Sponsor: C. S. Lewis Society, Purdue Univ.; Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends, Taylor Univ.
Organizer: Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.
Presider: Grace Tiffany, Western Michigan Univ.
The Problem of Pain in Perelandra Audrey Schaffner, Abilene Christian Univ.
“A Brutal Surgery from Without”: Freud, Healing, and The Pilgrim’s Regress Chris Jensen, Florida State Univ.
“O Felix Culpa”: C. S. Lewis’s Understanding of the Fall into Sin in The Problem of Pain and Perelandra, with Special Reference to His Medieval Sources
Laura Smit, Calvin College
The Problem of Animal Pain in C. S. Lewis
Edwin Woodruff-Tait, Independent Scholar


SUNDAY 8:30 AM
Session 525 Schneider 1120
Tolkien as Linguist and Medievalist
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.
Presider: Brad Eden
The First Red Book: An Exploration of Tolkien’s Exeter College Essay Book
Andrew Higgins, Cardiff Metropolitan Univ.
Inter-Elvish Miscommunication and the Fall of Gondolin
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State Univ.
A Scholar of the Old School: Tolkien’s Editing of Medieval Manuscripts
John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar
Immram Roverandom
Kris Swank, Pima Community College

SUNDAY 10:30 AM
Session 549 Fetzer 1055
Tolkien’s Beowulf
Sponsor:    Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer:    Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univ.
Presider:   Christopher Vaccaro, Univ. of Vermont
“That does not attract me”: Lang./Lit. and the Structure of Tolkien’s Beowulf Commentary
John R. Holmes, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
Can a Geat Be a Knight? Tolkien’s Use of Chivalric Terminology in His Translation of Beowulf
Brian McFadden, Texas Tech Univ.
The Weird Word Wyrd Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College
Beowulf Reimagined: Coming of Age in Tolkien’s Sellic spell Amber Dunai, Texas A&M Univ.

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