We’ve been referring to this for a couple of months as something in the works, but Linda and I are now very happy to join in making the official announcement of the launch of Martin Studies International Network.
What’s that, you may ask? See the press release below to learn more:
The Martin Studies International Network is the first scholarly association devoted to the work of George R.R. Martin. It is dedicated to academics and fans of the worlds created by George R.R. Martin. Its aim is to provide George R.R. Martin’s work with the academic and expert attention it deserves.
The founding members of the Network are active members of the fan and academic communities:
- Matteo Barbagallo, President of the Network, doctoral researcher in English Literature and author of numerous articles on George R.R. Martin’s work.
- Julie Escurignan, Vice-President of the Network, doctoral researcher in Media and Fan Studies and author of book chapters on Game of Thrones’ fans.
- Elio M. Garcia and Linda Antonsson, world-known experts of A Song of Ice and Fire, founders of Westeros.org and co-authors with George R.R. Martin of the bestselling book, The World of Ice and Fire.
- Dr. Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford and author of Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (IB Tauris: 2015).
- Dr. Louise D’Arcens, Professor of English Literature at Macquarie University, renown expert in the study of medievalism and author of several books on the topic.
- Jeremy Bret, Curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University. Cushing Library is the official repository for the archives of author George R.R. Martin.
The Martin Studies International Network will celebrate its launch during the Game of Thrones International Conference at the University of Hatfield, Herdforshire, on September 6th at 6pm.
As this Network is directed to all fans and lovers of the work of George R.R. Martin, you are warmly invited to join this adventure with us! All members of the fan communities are more than welcome to join the Network and participate in its activities.
More information on the Martin Studies International Network here: