The Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature was established in 2013 at Pembroke College, Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien worked for twenty years as professor of Anglo-Saxon. Speakers in the series are given freedom to discuss any aspect of fantasy literature, broadly defined to include other types of speculative fiction. Our aim is to honour J.R.R. Tolkien’s legacy by promoting the study of fantasy literature.
AND ABOUT THIS YEAR:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pembroke College’s Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature transformed into an online symposium. Previous speakers of the series Kij Johnson (2013), Adam Roberts (2014), Lev Grossman (2015), Terri Windling (2016), and V.E. Schwab (2018), together with forthcoming speaker Rebecca F. Kuang (lecture date TBD), discussed the importance of fantasy in times of crisis: how science-fiction and fantasy literature respond to, and provide inspiration during, moments of despair and personal difficulty.
VIDEO: Tolkien Symposium: Fantasy in Times of Crisis
I attended the Fantasy in Times of Crisis Symposium online the other day, and lucky you, it was recorded! You can go directly to the site HERE, or access it through Terri Windling's blog, Myth and Moor (one of my all-time favorite blogs, by the way) and get her take on it (good!). Per the website:
I highly recommend this uplifting an illuminating talk by some of the top fantasy writers in the field today!