Leeds University Union: Medieval Society

The Leeds University Union Medieval Society was formed in 2013 in order to promote a thriving community of medievalists in the University and City of Leeds, as such, we warmly encourage anyone with an interest in the Middle Ages to join. We are dedicated to building a strong interdisciplinary community; so whether you study, teach, or are just really interested in the Middle Ages: this is the Society for you.

The International Medieval Film Festival

The Leeds University Union Medieval Society would like to invite delegates to a series of film screenings split between the Leeds University Campus and The Hyde Park Picture House.

The Hyde Park Picture House is a short 13-minute walk from the University Union. A walking party will be leaving from in front of the Union building 20 minutes before the start of each film shown at the Hyde Park Picture House. Alternatively, the No. 56 bus stops directly outside the Hyde Park Picture House.

Please see the following pages for more information on the International Medieval Film Festival.

International Medieval Film Festival: El Nasser Salah Ad-Din (1963)

Sunday 02 July

Price: Free for all IMC delegates

Leeds University Union: Riley Smith Hall

19.30-22.30

Presented by LUU Medieval Society as part of the third annual International Medieval Film Festival, El Nasser Salah Ad-Din (1963), focuses upon the titular character during the Third Crusade.

Some critics have called this film the greatest historical epic of Egyptian cinema. Filmed at a pivotal moment in Egypt’s recent history, the film promotes the ideal of Pan-Arab unity and there are clear parallels made between Salah Ad-Din and Egypt’s then president, Gamal Abdel Nasser.

After the film, a panel of medievalists and film scholars will discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

Medieval Society Pub Quiz

Monday 03 July

Price: Free

Leeds University Union: Old Bar

19.15 - 20.30

Come wind down after your first day of sessions with the annual Medieval Society Pub Quiz! The LUU Medieval Society will re-imagine the traditional British Pub Quiz by asking IMC delegates to form teams and answer questions posed by the Medieval Society quizmaster. Pool your knowledge with your colleagues for quiz topics such as: Name the Century, Latin Translation, and Match the Illuminations. Teams will be competing for everlasting glory and a small prize.

International Medieval Film Festival: The Seventh Seal (1957)

Tuesday 04 July

Price: Free for all IMC delegates. Hyde Park Picture House prices will apply for non-delegates.

Hyde Park Picture House

18.00 - 20.45

Presented in 35mm by LUU Medieval Society as part of the third annual International Medieval Film Festival and in association with the Leeds International Film Festival, The Seventh Seal (1957) is a classic of world cinema. It tells the story of a knight named Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his squire Jöns (Gunnar Bjönstrand), who have just returned from ten fruitless years in the Crusades to a Sweden in the throes of the plague. Starkly existential and boldly poetic, Ingmar Bergman constructs key dramatic images from medieval art and drama.

After the film a panel of medievalists and film scholars will discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

The Possibilities and Pitfalls of ‘Public Medievalism’: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 05 July

Price: Free

Leeds University Union: Riley Smith Hall

18.00 - 19.00

The last decade has seen significant developments in public interest in the Middle Ages. The world watched as Richard III's remains were discovered, international newspapers picked up stories about Anglo-Saxon antibiotics, and Robert the Bruce's possible pathology. The media has helped to shape some of this renewed discourse surrounding the medieval.

The Middle Ages and medievalism have become freshly politicised in the contemporary world. The far right has become fascinated by its own construction of the Middle Ages, usually formed around ideas of racial and religious purity, tradition, and conservativism.

As medievalists we have a responsibility to educate beyond the academic context. However, raising one's head above the parapet can open oneself up to 'trolling' and abuse. Where does the public forum now start and the academic forum end? Following on from last year's lively discussion of medieval consultancy, this year we will be hosting a roundtable discussing the importance and potential hazards of public medievalism.

Participants include Duncan Berryman (Queen Mary Belfast), Victoria Cooper (University of Leeds), Karen Schousboe (MedievalHistories.com), Paul B. Sturtevant (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC / PublicMedievalist.com), and Robert C. Woosnam-Savage (Royal Armouries, Leeds).

International Medieval Film Festival: Alexander - Warrior Saint (2008)

Thursday 06 July

Price: Free for all IMC delegates.

Leeds University Union: Riley Smith Hall

20.00-22.30

Presented by LUU Medieval Society as part of the third annual International Medieval Film Festival, Alexander - Warrior Saint (2008) was conceived as a prequel to the epic Alexander Nevsky (1938); as such, it tells the story of the young Prince Alexander Yaroslavich and how he won his sobriquet - as well as the battle - at Nevska, against the Swedes in 1240.

The film was made as part of a short wave of nationalistic, patriotic movies about ‘great’ historical events in Russian history with the backing of the Russian Film ministry - and Putin. Viewing this film, particularly in the context of current world events, allows our panel of medievalists and film scholars to discuss the intersection between nationalism, propaganda, and the Middle Ages. They will also take question from the audience.

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