Barbarism meets academia at College of St. Joseph in Vermont

Barbarism meets academia at College of St. Joseph in Vermont

collegeCross posted with the permission of Rob Roehm of the Robert E. Howard Foundation website, I thought the following too interesting not to share with readers of Black Gate:

Enduring Barbarism: Heroic Fantasy from the Bronze Age to the Internet
College of St. Joseph Popular Culture Conference
Contact email:
Dr. Jonas Prida

The inaugural popular culture conference will be held at the College of St. Joseph, located in Rutland, Vermont, April 13th-14th, 2012.

Proposal deadline: Dec 15th, 2011.

We are looking for a wide range of topics, figures, panels and cultural studies methodologies to explore the enduring figure of the barbarian in Western popular culture. Graduate students, established faculty, and independent scholars are encouraged to submit ideas. Possible paper topics:

  • The multi-faceted use of the barbarian in popular culture
  • Rise and fall of heroic fantasy in the 1970s
  • Comic book barbarism
  • Heroic fantasy as a heavy metal trope
  • The gendered barbarian
  • Explorations of lesser-known sword and sorcery texts
  • Italian sword and sandal movies
  • The barbarian’s future

We are actively interested in innovative panel ideas as well.

Please send 250 word paper proposals, 400-500 word panel ideas, or general questions to Dr. Jonas Prida at

If it only had Eric Adams as the keynote, this would be pitch-perfect.

But seriously, it does my heart good to see serious treatment of swords and sorcery. Now there’s a conference I’d love to attend. Get those proposals in!

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Sarah Avery

I know just the scholars who need to know about this call for papers. Thanks for the tip!

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