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Going Medieval: How Pop Culture Reflects the Past

November 12 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm EST

$25

The Middle Ages are everywhere in our pop culture. Just look at “Game of Thrones” and the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Knights and castles are all over video, tabletop, and role-playing games. And we can spend a day at a medieval-style festival and an evening at a theme restaurant featuring jousts, swordplay, and revelry.

Why are we so culturally obsessed with this distant time period? What, if anything, can these pop-culture rehashes of history tell us about the past? And perhaps more revealing, what can the ways that we re-imagine the medieval era tell us about how we see ourselves today?

Join medievalist and sociologist Paul B. Sturtevant as he embarks on a colorful journey through the castles, cathedrals, and battlefields dreamed up by contemporary culture. He examines how history is not just history: that what we remember, and how we remember it, is always a mirror that reflects ourselves.

Sturtevant is an historian and social scientist at the Smithsonian, editor-in-chief of The Public Medievalist online magazine, and author of two books that examine the intersections between the Middle Ages and the present day.

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November 12
Time:
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm EST
Cost:
$25
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Website:
https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/going-medieval-how-pop-culture-reflects-past

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Smithsonian Associates
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https://smithsonianassociates.org

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