Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV series to air in the last decade and features a wide cast of characters in an amazing fantasy world. The latest season left fans craving more, and though the next season is more than a year away, there are still many opportunities to return to Westeros. Only, not in a way that most would expect.
On average, there are 11 million meetings per day in the U.S., and these meetings cover a variety of topics. But few meetings discuss Game of Thrones academically.
That’s right, Game of Thrones was the topic of a recent academic conference and lecture. Academics from around the globe attended the world’s first international conference on the book-turned-TV series. The conference took place on September 6 and 7 at the University of Hertfordshire.
There have been a few classes based on the TV series by HBO, most notably ones at Harvard and Boston Colleges, but this was first scholarly conference wholly dedicated to the TV series.
The event opened with an address by Prof. Anne Gjelsvik on “the hall of faces in Game of Thrones” as the first topic. Later in the conference, the University of Hertfordshire debuted the George R.R. Martin Society. This organization will focus on the creator of the literary series A Song of Ice And Fire.
Other topics addressed at the conference included:
- Jon Snow vs Laura Roslin: The demise of democracy’s representation in “Game of Thrones”
- Fan Theories and Aesthetic Consciousness: On Jon Snow’s death and resurrection
- Legitimacy and being female: Character arcs and storyline convergence in Season 6 of “Game of Thrones”
- From fantasy to reality: Representations of Northern Ireland and Ireland in media coverage of “Game of Thrones”
Tickets started at 75 British Pounds ($97) for one day, and 140 British Pounds ($180) for both.