CFP: Tarot/Divination at 2019 PCA/ACA Conference, Submission extension to Nov. 1 2018

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Call for Papers
November 1, 2018
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Humanities, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Tarot and Other Methods of Divination

at the

Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association conference

Washington, DC, 17-20 April 2019


Submission deadline extended to 1 November 2018


The “Tarot and Other Methods of Divination” area is open to proposals for papers on a diverse range of divination methods: astrology, I Ching, runes, tarot, etc. Approaches may include the biographical, historical, and theoretical, as well as the analysis of professional practice and of representations in literature (poetry, prose, drama), visual art (painting, sculpture, tarot cards, comics, graphic novels), film, television, games, etc.

We are also looking for proposals for a session (or two or three) on "Prophecy and Future-Telling in Tolkien and Related Authors" that will be co-sponsored at the 2019 conference by Tarot/Divination and Tolkien Studies. See details below.

All conference participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics.

Abstract and proposal deadline has been extended to Nov. 1, 2018

Submissions must be made online at and should include your CV, short biography (100-150 words), and abstract (100-250 words).

For general information about the conference, follow the links at the conference website. For more specific information about the area, follow the conference site links to the area. I have also posted a frequently-asked-questions page on my website with additional recommendations pertinent to the area. Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions or would like to discuss your presentation.

Emily E. Auger, PhD
Independent Scholar



Prophecy and Future-telling in Tolkien and Related Authors


Call for Papers


Tolkien Studies / Tarot & Other Methods of Divination


And many other things Ilúvatar spoke to the Ainur at that time, and because of their memory of his words, and the knowledge that each has of the music that he himself made, the Ainur know much of what was, and is, and is to come, and few things are unseen by them. Yet some things there are that they cannot see […]  (The Silmarillon)


Future-telling abounds in mythopoeic literature, where it takes on many forms: dreams, intuitions, predictions, premonitions, prophecies, visions, and more. Tolkien made extensive use of future-telling in his writings, particularly The Lord of the Rings. At times, his characters seek knowledge of the future deliberately by studying prophecies, or by the use of tools and special techniques; at others, it comes to them spontaneously through memory and the unconscious.


We are seeking papers on all aspects of future-telling in Tolkien's writings for this co-sponsored session, including, but not limited to, studies of future-telling techniques and effects, relevance to character and plot development, and comparisons to relevant works and characters, such as King Arthur, Merlin, and Macbeth.


We hope to round out the session(s) with papers on future-telling in the works of other Inklings and related authors, notably Charles Williams's The Greater Trumps and C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, and perhaps Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.


Papers may address any of Tolkien's legendarium and related works and their film adaptations.


Prospective participants in these sessions are asked to submit their papers to the Tolkien Studies area (for tech-related administrative simplicity). Papers addressing other aspects of future-telling should be submitted to the Tarot/Divination area.


Queries are welcomed by both area chairs.


Deadline for Paper Proposals extended to 1 November 2018


Tolkien Studies Area Chair: Robin Reid

Tarot/Divination Area Chair: Emily E. Auger

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