18 August 2017

The world’s first international conference examining HBO’s phenomenally popular TV series Game of Thrones will take place at the University of Hertfordshire on the 6 and 7 September 2017.

Based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling book ‘Songs of Fire’, Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco and many other parts of Europe.  It was first broadcast in 2011 and continues to attract record audiences.

This two-day conference will include contributions from international scholars addressing the series’ overwhelming success and provide scholarly insight into some of the most prominent themes including the representation of gender, motherhood, politics and power, death and trauma as well as explorations into its international popularity, the diversity of its fan base, its impact on heritage and tourism, transmedia, game play and world-building as well as the series’ historical backdrop.

Keynote speeches are from prominent Game of Thrones scholars - Professor Anne Gjelsvik – ‘The Hall of Faces in Game of Thrones: Facing the Changes from Words to Images’, Associate Professor Rikke Schubart - ‘Broken Things, Women and Change: Game of Thrones and Playing with Existential Explosive Plasticity’ and Professor Martin Barker who will report on the first stage of his International Game of Thrones Audience Project. The conference will also host the launch the George R.R. Martin Society.

Kim Akass, conference organiser, Leader of the Media Research Group and Senior Lecturer in Film and TV at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘We’ve organised the conference to coincide with the seventh season of the globally successful HBO series. We expect international delegates to investigate the series’ success as well as celebrate its place in TV history.’

The conference will take place at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland campus. Tickets cost £75 for one day and £140 for two, with discounts available for students.