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Saturday, September 4 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Panel: Global Tolkien

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Why does Tolkien’s fiction have a global appeal? Why are people from all continents drawn to Tolkien’s stories? What does that tell us about common human values? Only works of depth and substance can garner such a massive following all over the world. Conversely, have the 6 Peter Jackson films, and various games drawn in fans who’re more interested in the action/adventure or violence, and war aspects of the films and games than in the core values embedded in the stories? Should we encourage diverse readings of Tolkien from different geographical locations? Can this coming together of readers from different countries foster an international fellowship, as outlined in his books? Or conversely, should his fans be confined to people of just one race or ethnicity? If the view-points, readings, or ideas of POC readers are not acceptable by some fans, then should POC readers be allowed to consume these books/films/games? Should POC fans be limited to being consumers, but not commentators?

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Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has an MA in English Literature. An independent scholar, she's presented numerous papers related to Keats and Tolkien in international conferences in the USA, Ireland, the UK, France, Greece, Norway, and CoNZealand. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in Vector & Focus... Read More →

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Ali Ghaderi

Ali Ghaderi is an independent scholar from Iran. His research interests include high fantasy, continental and analytical philosophy, films/TV shows, contemporary American and British literature, and popular culture.
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Gözde Ersoy

Gözde Ersoy is an assistant professor of English Literature at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey. She received her PhD in English Literature from Brunel University, London (UK) in 2016, with a thesis entitled “Trajectories, thresholds, transformations: Coming of age in... Read More →
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María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez

María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez studied English Literature and Linguistics in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She promotes the love for literature, art and nature in her blog, formerly known as Books from Fangorn, and currently renamed Books from Faeries. She is currently... Read More →

Saturday September 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)