Tolkien and Fantasy sessions at ICMS Kalamazoo 2023

The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Univ. of Glasgow is sponsoring two sessions at the 58th InternationalCongress on Medieval Studies, to be held in a hybrid format (virtual and face-to-face sessions), May 11–13, 2023:

British Library, Royal 19 D I f. 65: Saracens and Christians

Friday, May 12, 2023, 1:30pm EDT (i.e., New York Time) #255     

Tolkien and Medieval Constructions of Race (A Roundtable)  (Virtual) 

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Univ. of Glasgow 
Presider: Kristine A. Swank, Univ. of Glasgow Organizer: Mariana Rios Maldonado, Univ. of Glasgow 
A roundtable discussion with Robin Anne Reid, Independent Scholar; Luke Shelton, Univ. of Glasgow; Mercury Natis, Signum Univ.; Toni DiNardo, Univ. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; and Lars Olaf Johnson, Cornell Univ. 
Respondent: Mariana Rios Maldonado

Ursula K. Le Guin
Photo by Eileen Gunn

Saturday, May 13, 2023, 10:00am EDT (i.e., New York Time) #328     

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Marvelous Medievalism  (F2F, Schneider Hall Room 1120)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Univ. of Glasgow Presider: Larry Swain, Signum Univ. Organizer: Kristine A. Swank, Univ. of Glasgow 

  • “Guilt within the walls”: Imprisoned Characters in Le Guin’s Short Stories– Lily T. Tun, Texas A&M Univ. 
  • “She too is a patterner”: Arachnids in Earthsea and “Buffalo Gals”– Kristine A. Swank 
  • World-Building and Language Invention: The Kesh Language of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Always Coming Home– Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar

Additionally, Luke Shelton, University of Glasgow, is presiding over the following session:

Friday, May 12, 2023, 10:00am EDT (i.e., New York Time) #204     

Virtual Religion along the Tolkienian Fantasy Tradition: New Medievalist Narratives  (Virtual) 

Sponsor: Tales after Tolkien Society Presider: Luke Shelton, Univ. of Glasgow Organizer: Geoffrey B. Elliott, Independent Scholar 

  • Do You Even Pray Though? Examining the Worship of the Great Mother Goddess in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe– Rachel Sikorski, Independent Scholar 
  • Playing with Medieval(ist?) Religion in Forum-Based Play-by-Post Roleplaying Games: A Case Study– Geoffrey B. Elliott

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