Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Medievalism and the Modern Comicbook

Speaker: Dr Chris Bishop

Date: Thursday, 13 March 2014

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Canberra Club, 45 West Row, Canberra City

Free Admission

The cruelty of the Inquisition, the horror of the plague, the filth and squalor of everyday living — popular depictions of the European Middle-Ages typically revolve around dystopian images.  As a historian of pre-modern Europe, Dr. Bishop is fascinated by these representations and their place in contemporary culture, particularly those of comicbooks and comicbook cinema.  Why are these stereotypes so immune to scholarship and what function do they serve in our modern consciousness?

In 2013, Chris Bishop, a lecturer in Classics at the ANU, was awarded a Fellowship with the US Library of Congress to undertake research that would highlight the Library’s unequalled collection of comicbooks.  The results of that project, Medievalism and the Modern Comicbook, will be published later this year by the University of Mississippi Press.

Dinner will follow the lecture and will be held in the Canberra Club. To RSVP for the dinner please email

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