Call for Papers

Trinity HistoryCon

15-16 November 2019

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

“Humanising History”

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.


Although HistoryCon arises from historical research specifically, this call is open to all disciplines. Interdisciplinary submissions are particularly welcome.


Historical costumes and cosplay are welcome at HistoryCon. Presenters are particularly encouraged to cosplay to complement their talk, where possible.


Examples of past talks (for examples of abstracts, see

Fear the Walking Dead: The Cult of Relics in the Early Middle Ages

Medieval Saints’ Cults and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle ‘Medieval Saints’ Cults and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth’

How Sources Rap: Representation of Historical Figures from Hamilton to Childish Gambino’s “This is America”