IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1799: Consultation and 'Public Medievalism': A Round Table Discussion

Thursday 7 July 2016, 18.00-19.00

Sponsor:Leeds University Union (LUU) Medieval Society
Organiser:Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Cooper, School of English, University of Leeds
Abstract

With the popularity of TV shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, films like Kingdom of Heaven and games like Assassins Creed and Crusader Kings, the Middle Ages are big business. But to what extent does education need to play a role? The representation of the ‘medieval’ to a public audience can be a delicate balancing act between entertainment and ‘historical accuracy’. This panel brings together medievalists of all stripes to discuss consultation on films, TV, and video games as a form of ‘public medievalism’. What do we mean by ‘historical accuracy’ in mass media? What role do medievalists have in presenting the historical to the world via entertainment? What challenges do medievalists face when they venture into the entertainment business?

Participants include Kelly DeVries (Loyola University Maryland), Catherine Fletcher (Swansea University), Robert Houghton (University of Winchester), Justin Pollard (Independent Scholar, London), and Kate Wiles (History Today, London).