Game of Thrones: Hierarchy and Violence

A Public Symposium

Why do people desire power? Is violence the way to power? Is this the allure of Game of Thrones? Join us on September 19th as we delve into these dilemmas of human nature and society.

This 3-hour program, made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities, will analyze conflicting aspects of medieval violence and hierarchy, comparing political history with the fiction of the Game of Thrones. From a novel adapted as an HBO television series, Game of Thrones develops densely constructed worlds suffused with magical thinking. These elements of class, of violence and of the supernatural, constitute the focus for a program that opens up new areas of inquiry.

Eventbrite - Game of Thrones: Hierarchy and Violence

Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:30am - 2:30pm
Scottsdale Civic Center Library
3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Free and open to the public


  • 10:30-11:00am - Welcome and introduction of speakers
  • Maria-Claudia Tomany, Vice Provost, Saint Xavier University
    Kelly DeVries, Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland
    William Luhr, Professor of English, Saint Peter's University

  • 11:00-12:00pm - Presentations and Discussion
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Break for Lunch
  • (We will adjourn for one hour for attendees to find lunch)

  • 1:00-2:30pm - Presentations and Closing Discussion
  • Made possible by Arizona Humanities.

    Presented by ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) and the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture