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Events and Conference Sessions

Upcoming conference sessions:

 

ICMS, Kalamazoo 2012

Session 211: Growing Up with the Middle Ages: The Influences upon Children’s Ideas about the Medieval World

Friday, 10:00am, Schneider 1245

Jousting Knights and Tournament Ladies: Children’s Understanding of Reconfigured Gender Relations in the Modern Sport of Jousting
Whitney A. M. Leeson, Roanoke College

Kids and Castles: The Moat between Medieval Art and Contemporary Consumption
Dawn Cunningham, Univ. of St. Michael’s College, Univ. of Toronto

Saturday Morning Medieval: Medievalisms and Children’s Television Programming
Megan Arnott, Univ. of Western Ontario

Society Business Meeting

Following Session 211– 11:45AM,  Schneider 1245

 

IMC, Leeds 2012

Session 531: A Holiday to the Middle Ages: Medieval Public History Today

Tuesday 10 July 2012: 09.00-10.30

Prairie Knights: Public Education and Re-Enactors in the North American Midwest
Betty Braaksma, University of Manitoba Libraries
Daria Rakowski, Industry Canada, Winnipeg

‘Are you having a boat burning?’: Meeting Expectations in Medieval Events for the Public
Chris Tuckley, Jorvik Viking Centre, York

NB: Due to a cancellation, a slot has opened up in this session. If you are interested in presenting a paper at the IMC, email publicmiddleages@gmail.com for further details.

 

Session 728: Playing with the Middle Ages: Video Game Medievalisms, I

Tuesday 10 July 2012: 14.15-15.45

‘I am a woman and I reserve the right to be inconsistent!’: Dragon Age – Origins and Feminine Medievalisms)
Victoria Cooper, School of English, University of Leeds

The Saga of Northrend: Storytelling and Norse Mythos in World of Warcraft
Mari Kermode, Independent Scholar, Surrey

 ‘I base my knowledge on a game… ‘: The Trustworthiness and Tropes of Medievalist Strategy Computer Games
Paul B. Sturtevant, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

 

Session 828: Playing with the Middle Ages: Video Game Medievalisms, II

Tuesday 10 July 2012: 16.30-18.00

Ludic Journeys through Electronic Medieval Worlds
Lesley Coote, Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Hull Paper

Old Gods Do New Jobs: Deicide and the Nearness of the ‘Otherworld’ in World of Warcraft Raid Narrative
Sarah Gilbert, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge

Constructing and Subjugating the Medieval(ist) Body: (Re)Presentation in Medieval Court Texts and Video Games
Thomas Rowland, Department of English, Saint Louis University, Missouri

 

Special Event: The Secret of Kells: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 9 July 2012: 19.30-20.30

This session will comprise a round table discussion and screening of the 2009 Irish animated film The Secret of Kells (dir. Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey). The session will begin with the round table discussion, focussing on the opportunities and difficulties in depicting the early medieval world, medieval culture, and medieval art through the medium of an animated film.

The Secret of Kells is a fictional account of the creation of the Book of Kells in 7th-century Ireland. The Secret of Kells is part of a new wave of serious animation films which seeks to shake off the idea that animation is ‘just for kids’, instead using the medium to depict a world steeped in the beautiful non-representational art seen in manuscripts of the period. The characters at once live apart from and in tandem with nature, custom, and the Old Religion, and struggle to create works of beauty while under under constant threat of Viking invasion. The film has earned a host of accolades, including a 2010 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.


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