Tolkien and Popular Culture

13th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM

April 8 – 9, 2016

Friday evening Tolkien fireside readings 2016

Organized and hosted by The Tolkien Club of UVM

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Lafayette Hall L207: 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Queer Tolkien: State of the Field

Dr. Yvette Kisor • Professor of Literature • Ramapo College of New Jersey


Anna Smol • Professor • Mount Saint Vincent University

Saruman’s Sexual Otherness

Dr. Christoper T. Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont

Magic and Sorcery: Good and Evil in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Christopher Kelm • undergraduate

Not Dead, Legally: Necromancy, the Vyne Ring Curse, and Oath Limitations

Kit Loomis • undergraduate

Lost in the Lens Flare: Tolkien’s Many Shades of Evil

Liam McAuliffe • undergraduate

Iarwen Ben-Adar: The Ancient Evil of Arda

Ryan Quinn • undergraduate

Tolkien and Popular Culture: Being the Chronicle of Quests from Fandom to Academia and Back Again as the Island of Anglophone Literary Studies in the United States Underwent Transformations during the 1970s to the 2000s of the Fourth Age of the World Due to Progressive Movements of the Twentieth Century Challenging Oppressive Hierarchies Relating to Gender, Race, and Sexual Identification (Though Not So Much Class Because “America” and Its Weird Obsession with Bootstraps) as Cultural Studies Swept Like a Wave over the Ivory Towers (Keep in Mind It’s a Simile Not an Allegory), Plus Tattoos

Dr. Robin Reid • Professor • Texas A&M University

Kind People!!!: The Adventures of Svetlana Snape Down the Hobbit Hole; Being a (Semi) Serious and Scholarly Dissertation on The Thread™️ That Ate The Tolkien Society Facebook Page (And Judged It to Strangely Taste Like Bacon); In Which the Author Endeavors To Answer Two Great Primordial Questions, Namely (1) What Do Palindromes, Trebuchets, Quantum Physics, and Hello Kitty Have to Do with the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Clearly a Rhetorical Question Given That the Obvious Answer Is – Very Little), and (2) What Exactly Is a Pant of Thong Ale? (The Answer to Which Promises To Shed Great Light on the Gestalt of the Tolkien Fandom)

Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University

Hobbit Forming: How the Animated Versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King by Rankin/Bass introduced Middle-earth to a Generation of Wanderers

Andrew Peterson • independent scholar

Tolkien and Popular Publishing: the Creation of the Fantasy Genre

James Williamson • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont

Creation from Literary Criticism in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur

Leonard Neidorf • Professor • Nanjing University