Game of Thrones Conference 2017

Co-organised by the Media Research Group of the Schools of Creative Arts and Humanities


Widely rumoured to be moving into its final season, HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011- ) has enjoyed 6 years of global popularity, attracted international scholarly and critical attention and reached record-breaking audiences. This international conference sought to widen the scope of scholarly work to include contributions from all aspects of the creative industries.

Find out more about the conference and delegates.


Anne Gjelsvik - Facing Change in Westeros?

Rikke Schubart - Broken Things, Women, and Change: Game of Thrones and Playing with Existential Explosive Plasticity

Martin Barker - ‘Letting the smallfolk speak: a first report from the International Game of Thrones Audience Project’


Matteo Barbagello - The One we are Living in: Westeros and the Dantesque Interpretation of Death

Simon Born - Valar Morghulis – Representations of Death and Dying in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Daniel Clarke - Westeros via. Belfast: Faux-authenticity and the Heritage Experience of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Amanda Digioia - ‘All my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust’: Feminist Critiques of Game of Thrones Within Online Feminist Communities

Julie Escurignan - ‘They do not sow’:The Creation of a Game of Thrones’ Economic Fanverse through Fan-Made Merchandizing

Nicholas Furze - Time Through a Lens: Game of Thrones, a Modern Perception of Late-Medieval Life

Christian Gonzatti - Game of Thrones and Journalism: the Emergence of Feminist Collectives in Brazilian Digital Pop Culture

Briony Hannell - Restoring the Balance: Feminist Meta-Texts and the Productivity of Tumblr’s Game of Thrones Fans

Olivia Hinkin - Representations of Incest within Game of Thrones

Rosser Johnson - Legitimacy and Being Female: Character Arcs and Storyline Convergence in Season 6 of Game of Thrones

Andrew Lynch - ‘Watercooler Westeros: After the Thrones as Transmedia Quality TV Paratext’

Rachel Misses Ward - “We’re going to need a bigger box of red crayons” Adapting Game of Thrones for the Adult Colouring Book Market

Hector J. Perez - Fan Theories and Aesthetic Consciousness: On Jon Snow's Death and Resurrection.

Amanda Potter - Classical Heroines in HBO Game of Thrones: Iphigenia and Medea in Westeros

Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat - Games of Piracy and Fandom: Technology, Copyright and Industry.

Alexander Sergeant - Across the Narrow Screen: Televisual World-Building in HBO’s Game of Thrones

Zoe Shacklock - Embodied Spectatorship and the Game of Thrones Reaction Video

Eve Smith -  “What if Richard had left the princes with their mother rather than putting them in the tower? Oh wait isn’t that the plot of Game of Thrones”: Shakespearean Transtextuality in Game of Thrones Fandom.

Ben Tyrer - Fantasy Decomposed: Traumatic Desire and (dis)integration in Game of Thrones


OffCuts: Cult Film and TV Podcast: Episode 1: At (32:30 mins) a report on the Game of Thrones International Conference at the University of Hertfordshire

Time Magazine: "Game of Thrones Is Even Changing How Scholars Study the Real Middle Ages"

BBC News: "Fantasy TV series Game of Thrones has come under the scrutiny of scholars at an international academic conference"

The guardian: "Ice and fire: what Game of Thrones can teach us about power politics"

Independent: "World's first academic Game of Thrones conference to discuss fan theories, medieval parallels and 'Existential Explosive Plasticity'"