The Festive Video Game Workshop session contains one Tolkien-related presentation: “A Narrative of One’s Own: Finding a Spot for Player Heroes in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings”, by N. M. Heckel of the American Military University.
And the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Deptartment of Comparative Literature is sponsoring a session on Tolkien and the Medieval Mediterranean, with the following three papers:
- “Gondor’s Debt to Byzantium”, by Christopher Livanos
- “Crossing the Borders: Unconscious in Dante’s Inferno, Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and Wood and Burchielli’s DMZ”, by Faith Portier
- “The Presence of the Middle East in The Lord of the Rings”, by Marryam Abdl-Haleem