Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OSU Game of Thrones Day

Late last year Ice & Fire Con was contacted about an event being held by Ohio State University's Center for Medieval and Cultural Studies - Game of Thrones Day! At the time I didn't think I'd be able to make it up to Ohio for that weekend (in the beginning of February 2014)...but not long after the New Year it became clear that the trip would be a possibility for me.

I contacted Graeme Boone, the director of this event, and after a bit of back and forth it was decided that I would be one of their presenters - alongside professors and professionals from several different states!

Just prior to my trip up to Ohio, I was also interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch for an article they were writing about Game of Thrones Day. It was great to see that the Columbus community seemed so interested in promoting this event. Of course I bugged my friends about attending as well, and in the end five of us gathered - in costume, of course - to celebrate this meeting of "people who study culture and people who do culture", in the words of Graeme Boone.

Game of Thrones Day was definitely a really interesting combination of activities - everything from a falconry and fighting demonstrations to presentations such as "Seven Kingdoms, Seven Styles: Power and Politics in Women's Costuming in Game of Thrones", "Ice and Fire:  George R. R. Martin’s Faux Medieval", "The Best Piece of Business in the History of Television", and more; additionally, there was a mead tasting and even a costume contest.

Falconry Demonstration

Fighting Demonstration

Costume Contest Winner!

I really did have a lot of fun - both with my presentation, as a guest at the event, and as a judge of the costume contest. (I know, little ol' me! haha) It was especially awesome for me to have this day of exploring the more serious side of this thing that I love, though of course certain things about my visit to OSU (being in costume, enjoying a beer in the campus bar, etc.) were pure entertainment.

In conclusion, if you're at all interested in what I spoke about - that being "Song of Ice & Fire/Game of Thrones Fans and Convention Culture", check out the video of my presentation!

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