IMC Leeds 2018

It’s that time of the year when many medievalists gather in the English city of Leeds to proceed to the annual International Medieval Conference, taking place from July 2nd to July 5th 2018. This year’s celebrating the 25th return of the conference with the thematic strand “Memory”. Out of 1903 (!!!) proposed sessions, this post will shed some light on the sessions dealing with medieval games and play.

But, before going through the program, please allow me to advertise the initivite run by our colleagues from Mittelalterblog, who, same as last year (same as every year, one might be tempted to say), coordinates a reporting crew that will do their best to update you on a wide range of scientific talks and sessions and thus make you live the IMC Leeds as if you were there! You might also want to monitor #IMC2018 on twitter or follow your favourite medievalists on social media directly. Your humble servant from this blog will try to do her best to keep up with the other reporting the scribes! So please check out regularly this post for a growing series of sessions’ reports.

If you are focussing on medieval play studies (in a wide sense), these sessions might be of interest to you:
Session 138: Remembering the Royal Hunt: Hunting Histories and Royal Identity

has dissappeared from the online program. So sad!

Session 153: Creative Memories: Shaping Identity in Medieval Culture, I
Organiser: Jörg Sonntag
Chair: Mirko Breitenstein
Tradition Meets Creativity: The Ambiguous Lifestyle of the Order of St William by Jörg Sonntag
Memory and Mnemotechnics in Medieval Didactic Games by Sophie Caflisch
Between Tradition and Creativity: The Rituals of the Teutonic Order by Nicholas W. Youmans

Session 524: Memory Theatre, I: Shaping Memory through Theatre
Organiser: Cora Dietl
Chair: Cora Dietl
A Prince or a Pauper?: Staging Noble Lineage in the Coronation Order of Emperor Charles IV, by Eliška Poláčková
Unreliable Witnesses: Foreign and Local Memories of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi, by M. A. Katritzky
Imagery, Memory, and Dynasties in Shakespeare’s Richard II, by Giorgia de Santis

Session 548: Jousts and Pas d’Armes, I: Armour, Equipment, and Costume
Organiser: Alan V. Murray
Chair: Ros Brown-Grant
Armour and Dress for the Pas d’Armes: Real Playing for Roles, by Karen Watts
Heraldic Horse Harness Pendants and Related Equipment Fittings, by David Harpin
Between a Monk and a Hard Place: Ulrich von Liechtenstein and the Invention of the Jousting Tour, by Alan V. Murray

Session 624: Memory Theatre, II: Theatrical Memento
Organiser: Cora Dietl
Chair: M. A. Katritzky
Three Memento mori Plays on the Late Medieval Majorcan Stage, by Lenke Kovács
Memento mori on Swiss Stage: Johannes Kolross’s Spil von Fünfferley betrachtnussen zur Buß, by Cora Dietl
‘And do not say ’tis superstition…’: Shakespeare, Memory, and the Iconography of Death, by Lawrence Green

Session 705: Games and Visual Culture, I
Organiser: Elizabeth Lapina
Chair: Vanina Kopp
Cultural Transmissions: Gaming Pieces in Action, by Madeline Walsh
Children’s Toys in Medieval Italy, by Annemarieke Willemsen
Graffiti as Gaming: Viking Play in Ancient Spaces, by Julie Mell

Session 805: Games and Visual Culture, II
Organiser: Elizabeth Lapina
Chair: Vanina Kopp
Liturgical Book, Reliquary, or Memorial?: Chess as the Central Motif on the Book Cover of Duke Otto the Mild of Braunschweig, by Anna Schubert
‘The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is by the Lord’: Gaming’s Role in Representations of the Passion, by Lisa Mahoney
Playing Memory: Thomas Murner’s Didactical Games as Material-Discursive Practices, by Michael A. Conrad

Session 1648: Engaging the Crusades, II: Playing Crusaders
Organiser: Kristin Skottki
Chair: Felix Hinz
A Sacred Task, No Cross Required: The Image of Crusading in Non-Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction Settings, by Roland Wenskus
Reimagining Crusaders in Fantasy Video Games, by Victoria Cooper
Crusader Kings Too?: Representing the Crusades in Grand Strategy Computer Games, by Robert Houghton

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