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Call for Papers: Worlds Made of Heroes

Tolkien1_marqueeThe Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto organizes a Tolkien’s Conference in Portugal under the title of Worlds made of Heroes, and invites submissions of 20-minute papers in English (preferably) or Portuguese.

The event will take place on 6-7 November, 2014 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first publication of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Suggested topics include:

  • J. R. R. Tolkien’s works and their adaptations: intermedial dynamics
  • Theorizing epic fantasy
  • The hero’s role in epic fantasy and culture
  • Travel literature and the construction of identity
  • Ancient-classical origins of epic narratives
  • The influence of epic fantasy on other genres
  • Epic fantasy and mythology
  • Epic fantasy and national identities
  • Epic fantasy and social concerns
  • Allegory vs reality: is this an issue or a false issue?

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to:

Proposals must include:

  • Paper’s full title
  • Abstract (max. 250 words)
  • Name and email address (other contacts if relevant)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Short bionote

The deadline for proposals is 31st May, 2014.

For more informations about the registration and the event, please visit the official page on

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