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The next season of “Game of Thrones” might be more than a year away, but fans can still relive the last seven seasons of the epic drama – at school.
Academics from around the world are scheduled to attend the world’s first international conference on the HBO series, where they will analyse its themes.
The conference will take place on September 6 and 7 at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland campus in Hatfield, Britain.
Institutions such as Harvard College and Boston College have created medieval classes inspired by the HBO series, according to TIME, but Hertfordshire’s convention will be the first scholarly conference dedicated to the TV show itself.
Lectures range from the academic to downright niche. Here are some of the events:
- Jon Snow vs Laura Roslin: The demise of democracy’s representation in “Game of Thrones.” Fan Theories and Aesthetic Consciousness: On Jon Snow’s death and resurrection. Legitimacy and being female: Character arcs and storyline convergence in Season 6 of “Game of Thrones.” “We’re going to need a bigger box of red crayons” – Adapting “Game of Thrones” for the adult colouring book market. From fantasy to reality: Representations of Northern Ireland and Ireland in media coverage of “Game of Thrones” “Game of Thrones” and Journalism: The emergence of feminist collectives in Brazilian digital pop culture.
There will also be a lecture on piracy, technology, and copyright issues surrounding the show. HBO was hit with a spate of cyberattacks this summer, when an anonymous hacker collective threatened to leak content from the network’s shows unless it was paid a multimillion dollar ransom. Several HBO Twitter accounts were also hacked by a security hacker group, which posted messages advertising their services.
The conference will also mark the launch of the George R. R. Martin Society, an academic appreciation society dedicated to the “Game of Thrones” creator’s work, the Independent reported.
Tickets to the conference cost £75 ($97) for one day, and £140 ($180) for both. It is unclear how many people have signed up to attend so far. Business Insider has contacted the University of Hertfordshire for comment.