The schedule for the day is as follows:

09:30 Registration Opens
10:00 Opening, with welcome statement from Dr Corey Olsen
10:30 Keynote: Dr Beatrice Groves - 'Potter's Progress: Christian myth in Harry Potter'
11:15 Eva Lippold - 'Criticising Shakespeare: Eighteenth-century Women as Theatre Critics'
11:45 Darren Grey - 'Playing with Magic: Challenges in Adapting Fantasy to Gameplay'
12:15 Lunch
13:45 Keynote: John Garth - 'Tolkien 101 years ago: The creation of a Creation myth'
14:30 Dr Andrew Higgins - 'Tolkien on Holiday'
15:00 Mitch Liddell - 'World Building: The Tectonics of Middle Earth'
15:30 Break
16:00 Noam Weiss - 'Automatic detection of style changes based on philological data'
16:30 Phoebe Demeger - 'The suit and I are one: The Biopolitics of Body Modification in 'Iron Man 3' and 'Iron Council''
17:00 Keynote: Dr Corey Olsen - 'Tolkien on Screen: Preserving the Core of the Original'
18:00 Close, followed by conference dinner

An optional conference dinner will follow at Chutney's nearby.

We are also holding an optional pre-conference field trip of London Literary Landmarks on Friday 27th April. More information and sign-up for that can be found on its web-page.

Keynote speaker profiles

Dr Corey Olsen, aka 'The Tolkien Professor', is founder and President of Signum University and the Mythgard Institute. He promotes open courses for literature analysis, and frequently publishes free podcasts and seminars analysing Tolkien and other works. His book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published in September 2012. Corey Olsen holds a B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College and a Ph.D in medieval literature from Columbia University. He has previously taught at Temple University, Columbia University, Nyack College and Washington College.

Dr Beatrice Groves is Research Fellow and Lecturer in Renaissance English at Trinity College, Oxford. Last year she published Literary Allusion in Harry Potter (Routledge, 2017) and is a regular guest blogger on Mugglenet, Leaky Cauldron and Hogwarts Professor. She has also written widely on Shakespeare, early modern literature and religious culture, including the monographs The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare, 1592-1604 (Oxford University Press, 2007).

John Garth is a freelance writer, editor and consultant. He is author of Tolkien and the Great War, which won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, and Tolkien at Exeter College. He is currently writing a new book, Tolkien's Mirror. He previously worked for the London Evening Standard and was a Fellow in Humanistic Studies at the Black Mountain Institute, UNLV, Nevada.