Winter is coming... Game of Thrones conference to be held in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 25 August 2017

The University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus in Hatfield

The University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus in Hatfield

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Winter is coming... A Game of Thrones conference will be held in Hatfield early next month following the conclusion of the series’ penultimate season.

If you know your Tyrion Lannister from your Daenerys Targaryen, and your Jon Snow from your Arya Stark, a conference taking place at the University of Hertfordshire will be right up your street.

The world’s first international conference examining HBO’s phenomenally popular TV series Game of Thrones will take place not in the Seven Kingdoms, but at the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco and many other parts of Europe.

It was first broadcast in 2011 and continues to attract huge audiences.

The two-day conference in Hatfield will include contributions from international scholars addressing the series’ overwhelming success, and provide scholarly insight into some of the most prominent themes including the representation of gender, motherhood, politics and power, death and trauma.

There will be explorations into GoT’s international popularity, the diversity of its fan base, its impact on heritage and tourism, transmedia, game play and world-building as well as the series’ historical backdrop.

Conference organiser Kim Akass, leader of the Media Research Group and senior lecturer in film and TV at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “We’ve organised the conference to coincide with the seventh season of the globally successful HBO series.

“As the series draws to its close we expect international delegates to investigate the series’ success as well as celebrate its place in TV history.”

Keynote speeches are from prominent Game of Thrones scholars Professor Anne Gjelsvik, Associate Professor Rikke Schubart and Professor Martin Barker, who will report on the first stage of his International Game of Thrones Audience Project.

The conference will also host the launch the George R.R. Martin Society.

The two-day conference will take place at the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland campus.

Tickets cost £75 for one day and £140 for two, with discounts available for students.

• For a full conference programme, and to book a place, visit

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