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The Public Medievalcast: Episode 1

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Introducing a brand new podcast from The Public Medievalist! The Public Medievalcast is going to be all the content you know and love from us here at The Public Medievalist in a new format: stories that connect the medieval and the modern, and that delve into the ways in which the medieval world– for better and for worse– still has a place in modern culture, politics, and more.

For now, this is an experiment. So, we would love your feedback! And if you are interested in helping us with this new adventure, get in touch at editor@publicmedievalist.com.

Ep. 1: A Conversation of Ice and Fire (with Kinitra Brooks, Shiloh Carroll, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas)

Our first episode is a post-Game of Thrones group discussion with three scholars who have a lot of thoughts about how the show came to a close. They are: Kinitra Brooks (Michigan State), Shiloh Carroll (The Public Medievalist), and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (University of Pennsylvania). They discuss how David Benioff and D. B. Weiss “sh*t the bed” with the final episode “The Iron Throne”, and how their depictions of women and people of color disappointed to the very end. George R.R. Martin might not be comfortable with it too, though he may be uncomfortable all the way to the bank.

But our panelists didn’t stop there– these scholars dissect the necessary questions about why representation matters in medieval fantasy and event TV, and about what other works of fiction are doing it much, much better.

Books by our Panelists

The Lemonade Reader: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Lemonade Reader, edited by Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin.

The essays, written by both scholars and popular bloggers, reflects a broad yet uniquely specific black feminist investigation into constructions of race, gender, spirituality, and southern identity.

Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, by Shiloh Carroll.

Game of Thrones is famously inspired by the Middle Ages – but how “authentic” is the world it presents?

The Dark Fantastic

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.

Reveals the diversity crisis in children’s and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination.

Recommended by our Panelists:

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle

The Inheritance Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin (and everything else she’s written)

Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor (and everything else she’s written)

Show Credits:

Host: Paul B. Sturtevant

Panelists: Kinitra D. Brooks, Shiloh Carroll, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Transcription by Samantha Mcdonald

Show Music: “Medieval Joy” by MusicHook

Special thanks to the Medieval Academy of America

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The Public Medievalcast

Introducing: The Public Medievalcast!

Episode 0: Introducing The Public Medievalcast

Click here for a transcript of this episode.

Welcome to The Public Medievalcast, a new podcast by the team here at The Public Medievalist. The goal of the podcast is the same as with our publication: to bring exciting new medieval histories to the public in a way that is accessible, exciting, and meaningful.

On the podcast, you’ll find fascinating interviews with scholars, authors, and creators of new medieval worlds. You’ll find explorations of stories from the Middle Ages that maybe you haven’t heard yet. And you’ll find the deep-dive discussions of difficult topics at the intersection of the Middle Ages and today that have been the centerpiece of so much of our work at The Public Medievalist.

At the moment, we are still in the experimentation phase, so if you have ideas for topics for us to cover, or better, if you are interested in helping out with the podcast, please get in touch! Shoot me an email at editor [at] publicmedievalist [dot] com.

Show Credits:

Host: Paul B. Sturtevant

Transcription by: Paul B. Sturtevant

Show Music: “Medieval Joy” by MusicHook

Special thanks to the Medieval Academy of America

read more