International Conference on Medievalism 2019

In September, I’ll be giving a plenary for the ISSM conference, “The Global Middle Ages,” on–what else–Game of Thrones. Abstract (subject to change) is below:

Pilgrimages of Thrones: Game of Thrones Tourism and the Medieval Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages have been a staple of religion and travel since early in human history. However, as travel has gotten easier and popular culture has grown in scope and accessibility, the lines between “tourism” and “pilgrimage” have blurred. This is especially evident in film-induced tourism, in which people take trips specifically to see sites linked to television shows or movies. As Game of Thrones had shooting locations all over Europe and northern Africa, rather than just a Hollywood studio lot, tourism to many of these locations has increased significantly, with noticeable impacts on economies, residents, and architecture—for better or for worse. Why do people feel the need to visit real places that stand in for fictional ones, and how does that affect the real places in question? And what similarities—if any—do these trips have with the medieval pilgrimage?

The Public Medievalcast

Come listen as I join Paul Sturtevant (editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist), Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (author of The Dark Fantastic), and Kinitra Brooks (editor of The Lemonade Reader) in complaining about discussing the ending of Game of Thrones over on the inaugural episode of The Public Medievalcast!

Appearance in March – UNC Greensboro

On March 19, I’ll be at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for their speaker series on Medievalism and Contemporary Culture. My talk is titled “Toxically Gendered Medievalisms in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones.” This event is open to the public and begins at 5:30 PM.


I am an academic specializing in medievalism (the ways the Middle Ages have been portrayed and used since the end of the medieval period) in popular culture, most usually George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones.

I’m also an author represented by Zabé Ellor of the Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency. My medieval fantasy novel is in progress!

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