This weekend (April 27-29), the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena will be hosting the 9th Seminar of the Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft (DTG), with this year’s topic being Tolkien’s Influence on Fantasy. Started in 2004, the seminar has been held at various universities throughout the country with topics changing annually but each one placing an emphasis on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien as well as the influence his works have had on the development of fantasy. Contributions are in English as well as German and are usually published in Hither Shore, the society’s academic yearbook (which has received the German Fantasy Award twice in the category of secondary literature). Entry to the conference is free.
• Guglielmo Spirito & Emanuele Rimoli: The Inner Consistency of Reality: J.R.R. Tolkien, Flannery O’Connor, Michael D. O’Brien and Jonathan Franzen
• Anna Thayer: An Old Light Rekindled: Tolkien’s Influence on Fantasy
• Olaf Keith: The Return of the Kings. Tolkien and the Fantasy Fiction of Tad Williams
• Natalia Gonzalez de la Llana: LotR and Memorias de Idhun
For a full programme of events: www.seminar2012.kolbitar.de
About the DTG
The Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft e.V. is a non-profit organization which has amassed over 500 members since its establishment in 1997-98. The DTG organises regional Tolkien Days, the nationwide Tolkien Thing, an annual Tolkien Conference, and lectures, readings, and exhibitions all centering on the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
For more information on the DTG: www.tolkiengesellschaft.de