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HistoryCon 2.0: ‘Humanising History’

Friday, 15 November, 9am – Saturday, 16 November 2019, 5pm

HistoryCon 2.0: ‘Humanising History’

A conference organised by the Department of History.

The Trinity HistoryCon conference, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for 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. Popular media such as Game of Thrones, X-Men, Star Wars, 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. Trinity HistoryCon – the amalgam of an academic conference and comic-con – celebrates the nexus of popular media and the study of history. The conference provides a stimulating and exemplary opportunity for engagement between academic research and popular culture and media.

This year’s theme is ‘Humanising History’, focusing on how characters in popular culture are imbued with experiences that draw emotive responses when encountered by readers, audiences or gamers. A series of talks and panels will explore this theme across different media and eras of history.

The conference format will include academic presentations as well as panels and roundtables involving academics and industry professionals. Each panel addresses a specific theme, including ‘Dressing History’ (focusing on costume design), ‘Adapting History’ (addressing how histories are adapted for popular media), and  ‘How We Remember Her’ (a panel discussing the adaption of Giulia Farnase in Showtime’s The Borgias).

Confirmed guest contributors include Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek (Giulia Farnese in The Borgias); and Scottish director David MacKenzie (Outlaw King).

In addition to these social and educational events, HistoryCon proudly hosts a costume competition focusing on historical and period costuming. There will be two categories of costuming: ‘Historically Accurate’ and ‘Historically Inspired’. The costume contest will be judged by professional cosplayers.

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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is required, and is now open

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