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Dissecting Westeros

From October 21, 2019 until November 07, 2019The course will be held on Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). The course will be held on Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Prior registration required.
Register by following this link
In Spanish.

As part of the Nineteenth Week of Science, Casa Árabe, at its Madrid headquarters, will be hosting this course devoted to history and fiction in “Game of Thrones,” organized by the NOBINCIS research group at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Registration has now begun.

For two days, the historical background represented in the fictional series “Games of Thrones,” which has become a mass media phenomenon, will be examined from an analytical perspective.  
The event will mainly discuss the elements in the series which are directly related with historical dynamics taken straight out of the medieval and modern eras. The fictional universe created by George R.R. Martin is filled with references to the world of the ancien régime in the West and its relationships with the East. The otherness between these two worlds will be subjected to analysis during these days of events.

The different talks which are scheduled during the program will be given by university professors and professionals, most of whom form part of the NOBINCIS-UCM research group. They will be discussing some of the topics involving historical background  that can be seen in the fictional series. Everything will be covered, from the dynamics of lineages and the wielding of power by women during the medieval and modern eras to the means for financing groups within the nobility, the iconography of power and political culture in medieval and high-modern times which the series adopted as features of its own narrative. In all of the presentations given, the factor of East-West duality (Westeros-Essos) plays a notable role.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019  6:30-8:00 p.m.

Women’s power in Game of Thrones: queens, noblewomen and soldiers
Alejandra Franganillo Álvarez (UCM)

Fighting for the throne: houses and lineages in Game of Thrones
Diego Pacheco Landero (UCM)

Luxury and capital in close but exotic settings: Dorne, Bravoos and the Iron Throne
Carlos Infantes Buill (UCM – Naval Museum Archives)


Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Governing Westeros: Political culture and wielding power in “Game of Thrones”
Sergio Bravo Sánchez
War and “Game of Thrones”: Ancient and medieval conflict through historical (science) fiction
Adrián Díaz-Plaza Casal

Power lies where men believe it lies. The Iconography of Power in “Game of Thrones”
 Sergio Ramiro Ramírez (UCM)

Dissecting Westeros