Friday, June 11, 2021

CFP: IARHS-Sponsored Session “The Material Relevance of Robin Hood, ca. 1500-1900” Leeds IMC 2022


“The Material Relevance of Robin Hood, ca. 1500-1900”, Leeds IMC, 4-7 July 2022.

This session examines (re)presentations of Robin Hood in the past, from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.  It centres on the way in which creators of Robin Hood in image, performance, and story sought to make their subject relevant to their own contemporary audiences, and the nature of the relevance they presented.  It also asks why these authors/creators used the Robin Hood persona/image rather than any other legendary, mythological, literary, or cultural icons from amongst a wide variety of other options that were available to available to them. Did he ever move from the marginal to the mainstream?

Papers are sought, of no longer than 20 minutes’ duration, on the above theme in relation to any period from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century, inclusive. 

Please send a working title and an abstract of 100 words to Dr Lesley Coote by email at or  by  20th September 2020.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

CFP: IARHS-Sponsored Session, “Boundary-Breaking in the Theatrical Robin Hood Tradition,” IMC Leeds, July 4-7, 2022


CFP: IARHS-Sponsored Session, “Boundary-Breaking in the Theatrical Robin Hood Tradition,” IMC Leeds, July 4-7, 2022

The Robin Hood tradition has a history of performance and theatricality. In addition to the medieval ballads, Robin Hood stories were conveyed using elements of theatricality, including early plays performed at May games, Whitsun ales, and revels; Early Modern stage drama; 18th- and 19th-century sung broadside ballads, Christmas plays, and operas; modern dramatic pieces; staged depictions of the outlaw in 19th and 20th-century operas, pantomimes, burlesques; and film. Theatricality, broadly construed, employs elements of music, stagecraft, or scripting.  This session seeks papers that explore any aspect(s) of how theatricality has broken boundaries to deliver the Robin Hood tradition to audiences. Send electronic abstracts of 250 words to Lorraine Kochanske Stock,, by September 1, 2021.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CFP: IARHS Sponsored Roundtable Session, SEMA, Spartanburg, SC, Nov. 11-13, 2021



"Robin Hood Games – Past and Present:  A Roundtable"

Sponsored by the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS)

Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) 2021:  In-Person Conference, No Remote Presentations

Spartanburg, South Carolina

November 11-13

Hosted by Wofford College


Games have long featured in the Robin Hood tradition: some early plays appear to end in dancing and interactive fight-games; shooting competitions feature in early ballads like The Lytell Gest of Robyn Hode; the outlaws consistently play “truth or consequences” with their victims. The archery tournament, drawn from the Gest and popularized by Walter Scott in Ivanhoe (1818), is key to numerous novels, plays, comics, and films. The outlaw appears in board and card games, video games, and slot machines. The thrill of “playing” Robin Hood also spans time, place, and social status: from troubadours to King Henry VIII to re-enactments to modern cosplay and theme parks, audiences have long enjoyed immersive storytelling and the experience of “being” Robin Hood, as well.

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) seeks proposals for short papers or presentations, suitable for a round table discussion, on any aspect of Robin Hood games and/or gaming. The session will be held during the 2021 Southeastern Medieval Association conference (in-person; no remote presentations) at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (Nov. 11-13). Please send a 150- to 250-word abstract or proposal, with any technology requests, to Sherron Lux at by June 3, 2021.