(Re) Programming History Presentations

“Quo usque pro Roma ibis?” Creative Assembly’s Total War Series and Perceptions of Imperialism in the Ancient World.

Ralph Moore, Trinity College Dublin

(Re)Programming history in the literal sense: games, coding and historians.

Vinicius Marino Carvalho, Universidade de São Paulo

“You’re not a Nazi Jojo”: Exploring Cinematic Representations of Youth in the Third Reich.

Lorraine McEvoy, Trinity College Dublin

Reprogramming Historiographic Foregrounding: UnIrish Themes in the Early Development of Canadian National Drama.

Grzegorz Koneczniak, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

“And When The Sky Was Opened”: The Paranormal and the Pursuit of Morality In “The Twilight Zone” and the Exempla of Thomas of Cantimpré.

Samantha Sandy, Trinity College Dublin

What if God was one of us? Ambivalent attitudes to encounters with the divine in popular media.

Nicole Volmering

The Evolution of the Bell Sleeve in 16th-century Europe and its Portrayal in Disney’s Maleficent films.

Alexandra Corey, Trinity College Dublin

Making fiction history-proof: how being an historian affects the world of my novels.

Dr Gillian Polack

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Imagined Pasts and Lost Futures.

Ian C. Boyd, University of Cambridge

Resistance is futile: Modernist chairs in Star Trek (and beyond).

Petra W Seitz and Gregor Wittirck, Bartlett School of Architecture

Gender equality in Climate Action – An Atwoodian analysis of Gilead and India.

Yastika Sharma, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

Systema Pokémonum – Assessing Pokémon’s place in the History of Science.

Christopher Hayward, University of Cincinnati and Elena Romero-Passerin, University of St Andrews

Androids, Labor and the Christ Figure: The Application of Marxist Theory in Metropolis and Detroit: Become Human.

Paola Medina-Gonzalez, University College London

HistoryCon 2.0 Schedule

Friday, 15 November 2019

09:45–10:00 Registration

10:00–10:15 Opening Remarks — Dawn Seymour Klos, Trinity College Dublin

10:15–11:15   Paper Session One: Modern Heroes and Villains

Chair: Mollie Kramer, Trinity College Dublin

Paola Medina-Gonzalez, University College London — Man in the High Castle: Conspiracy, Politics, and the Occult

Dr Gareth Evans-Jones, Bangor University — The Testament of Magneto: Depicting the Holocaust in a graphic novel

Hannah Granberry, University of Edinburgh — Helter Skelter in a Semicentenial Swelter: Charles Manson in the American Imagination 50 Years Later

11:15–12:15 Lunch

12:15–1:15 How We Imagine Her Panel ft. Lotte Verbeek, Dr Catherine Lawless, Dr Ruth Barton, Daria Drazkowiak

1:15–2:00 Break

2:00–3:00   Paper Session Two: You Win or You Die

Chair: Dawn Seymour Klos, Trinity College Dublin

Samantha Sandy, Trinity College Dublin — Mad or Maligned? Daenerys Targaryen, Juana of Castile, and the Portrayals of Women in Power.

Ana Carolina Pais, Universidade de São Paulo — Tyrion Lannister: a buffoon character

Rafael A. Socarrás, Newcastle University — What Were They Thinking? An Armchair General’s Assessment of Game of Thrones

3:00–3:30 Break

3:30–4:30   Paper Session Three: Reframing the Known

Chair: Elysée Yhuel, Trinity College Dublin

Dawn Seymour Klos, Trinity College Dublin — Aggressive Negotiations: Leia Organa and Thirteenth-Century English Women

Ciara Glasscott, NUI Galway — Reclaiming Cathy’s voice: Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights”

Aratrika John, Jadavpur University — Unearthing Loki: An Examination of the God of Chaos in Media Culture

4:30–5:00 Break

5:00–6:00 Adapting History Panel: Friends of Medieval Dublin and Film Studies (TCD) Discuss Outlaw King

Saturday, 16 November 2019

10:00–10:15 Opening Remarks

10:15–11:15   Paper Session Four: Stories from Below

Chair: Daryl Hendley Rooney, Trinity College Dublin

Christin Simons & Elena Romero-Passerin, University of St Andrews — Mer-plant-ilism: The Making of a Historical Board-Game

G. Vaughn Joy, University College London  The Common Man’s Capitalist: George Bailey and the Question of Communist Subversion in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Dr Carly Brown, University of Glasgow — ‘Obnoxious and Disliked’: John Adams’ Legacy in Popular Media, from 1776 to Hamilton

11:15–11:30 Break

11:30–12:30 Dressing History Panel ft. Aislinn Collins and Guild of Nerds Cosplay

12:30–1:00 Medieval Armoured Combat group of Ireland Demonstration

1:00–2:00 Lunch

2:00–3:00   Paper Session Five: Reconsidering Mythology

Chair: Savneet Kaur, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Shabeena Kuttay, Cluster University Srinagar — Untouchable Ambedkar: Touching Lives

Dr Arnel E. Joven, University of Asia and the Pacific — Examining Heroism: Comparing Perspectives on Heroes in Korean Dramas and Philippine Films

Rebecca Kwakman, University of Groningen  Fascinating: Spock, Seneca and the power of the stoic mind

3:00–4:00 Break

4:00–6:00 Costume Contest

6:00–6:05 Closing Remarks — Daryl Hendley Rooney, Trinity College Dublin



Trinity HistoryCon 2.0: Humanising History

Trinity HistoryCon

15-16 November 2019

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Call for Papers

Popular media such as Game of Thrones, Assassin’s Creed, The Greatest Showman, and The Avengers have captivated audiences and opened new lines of enquiry across the arts and humanities. Each of these outlets has succeeded in large part due to their ability to contextualise and elucidate the experience of the individual in extraordinary circumstances. Whether fantasy or historical, they invite audiences to love, hate, and empathise with each character.

This year, Trinity HistoryCon invites proposals of no more than 300 words for twenty-minute presentations examining historical individuals, both real and imagined, in popular media. Presentations should be crafted for a general audience. All historical eras will be considered.

Trinity HistoryCon celebrates the nexus of popular media and the study of history, bringing together members of the public, entertainment professionals, academics, and cosplayers to explore the influences of film, television, comics, music, and other forms of popular media, on how we imagine our past and present worlds. All approaches and disciplines are invited to participate.

All proposals should be submitted via the form on our website by 15 August 2019 


Trinity HistoryCon is free and open to all.

Please direct queries to duhistorycon@gmail.com


A Most Excellent Adventure Begins…

Calling all Jedi, Wizards, Hobbits, Goblin Kings, and Timelords…

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” – Gandalf the Grey

In the internet age, many people outside of academia wonder how scholars stay relevant and connected. We have all heard in the classroom, “why should I learn this when I can Google it?” The truth is we, like the Jedi, help others see otherwise invisible connections in the world, “the Force”. Academic rigor brings to light causes, correlations, and questions in our history, our culture, our environment, and ourselves.

A twelve-year-old watching Star Wars for the first time may not grasp the layers of history embedded within the saga. She may not comprehend the concept of asceticism or monastic life but she will retain how Master Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi lived closed off from the galaxy, seeking a fulfilled life through communing with the Force.  Many historians and other academic researchers first had their curiosity piqued by popular culture. We saw something on a screen, in a comic, or on stage that so enraptured us it became part of our lifelong journey.

Trinity HistoryCon celebrates the influence and impact of history in films, television, comics, novels, and stage.

We are currently accepting abstracts for the inaugural Trinity HistoryCon for presentations drawing connections between any aspect of history from Antiquity to the Enlightenment and popular media. This year’s theme is “Who tells your story?

Our aim is to provide a Comic-Con experience showcasing academic excellence.

The full Call for Submissions may be accessed here. Completed submissions must be received on or before September 7th. Example abstracts may be viewed in our FAQ.

May the Force be with you, always.

Trinity HistoryCon will be held on 30 November 2018 at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

Tweet us! @duhistorycon





9:30-9:45 Opening Remarks

9:45-10:15 Teaching Medieval Stories and their Modern Echoes

  • Ruth Mazo Karras, Trinity College Dublin

10:15-10:30                 Break

10:30-12:00               Paper Session 1 (15-minute papers)

  • Dr. Niamh Wycherly, National University of Ireland, Galway
    •  Fear the Walking Dead? The cult of relics in the early Middle Ages
  • Harriet O’Connor-James, University of St. Andrews
    •  Magic, Love and Romance: King Arthur’s Journey from Medieval Literary Legend to Twenty-First Century Box Office Blockbuster
  • Matthias A. Bryson, University of Edinburgh
    • Medieval Saints’ Cults and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth
  • Dr. Catrine Jarman, University of Bristol
    • Viking Warrior Women – science or fiction?

12:00-1:15                  Lunch

1:15-2:45                    Paper Session 2 (15-minute papers)

  • Amethyst DiTieri, University of Edinburgh
    • Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”: A Comparative Examination of Representation in the Works of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and Childish Gambino
  • Dr. Darragh Greene, University College Dublin
    • Crécy and Brexit: Medieval and Modern English Nationalism and Warren Ellis’s Crécy
  • Alex Chell, Trinity College Dublin
    • Weavers of Westeros: Where Game of Thrones meets the Makers’ Movement
  • Sydnie Bianchi, University of Southern Mississippi
    • Historic Hunger Games: A Fictional Dystopia or Mayan Culture?

2:45-3:00                  Break

3:00-3:45                  Adapting History Panel

  • Tomm Moore
  • Tim O’Neill
  • Prof. Sean Duffy
  • Dr. Siobhan Parkinson
  • Dr. Ruth Barton, Chair

3:45-4:00                  Break

4:00-4:45                 Dressing History Panel

  • Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
  • Ruth Griffin
  • Dr. Patricia Walker
  • Aislinn Collins
  • Dr. Lisa Godson, Chair

5:00-6:00                Costume Contest

Time Traveller’s Ball at JW Sweetman’s will begin at the close of the Conference.