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Call For Papers: Robin Hood: Media Creature
An International Conference, 22-25 October 2009
University of Rochester, Rochester NY

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its Seventh Biennial Conference, to be held 22-25 October 2009 at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY (USA).  We welcome papers on well-established and perennially controversial aspects of the outlaw hero; we also welcome papers treating innovative and unfamiliar issues.  Submissions from scholars and intellectuals in all fields of academic, artistic, and popular culture, with no limitations on time period, media, or national literatures, are also encouraged. The deadline for proposals is 1 June 2009.

Papers on all topics, fields of study and time periods are welcome.  Suggested fields include (but are not limited to): 

  • Medieval and early modern historical studies
  • Literary criticism
  • Literary theory
  • Folklore
  • Musicology and music practice
  • Children’s literature
  • Cultural studies
  • Anthropology
  • Film and media studies
  • Performance art and oral recitations
  • Art history
  • Philosophy

The Conference will feature:

  • Twenty-first century world premiere of Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (United Artists, 1922); renowned musicologist Gillian Anderson will direct a live orchestra playing the score of Robin Hood, newly reconstructed by Ms. Anderson herself. 
  • Operetta performance of arias and songs from Robin Hood musicals, spanning the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries by Steven Daigle (Chair, Strings, Eastman School of Music, and Artistic Director, Ohio Light Opera). 
  • Concert of Elizabethan Greenwood and Robin Hood-related lute music by Grammy-Award winner, and four time nominee, Paul O’Dette.
  • Plenary talks by Helen Phillips (University of Cardiff) and Gillian Anderson.
  • Three major exhibits: “Still Magic: Productions Stills from Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood”; “The Americanization of Robin Hood, 1883-1923”; and “Robin Hood: Media Creature.”

Information on Conference Registration will appear at  Send paper abstracts (limit 300 words) in MS Word or compatible formats to Thomas Hahn,  The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2009.

Recent Publications:

Lorraine Stock, "Now Starring in the Third Crusade: Depictions of Richard I and Saladin in Films and Television Series."Hollywood in the Holy Land: Essays on Film Depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim Clashes. Eds. Nickolas Haydock and E. L. Risden (McFarland, 2009).

Stock discusses several Robin Hood films and TV series, including Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922), Robin and Marian (1976), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-60), The Legend of Robin Hood (1976), tRobin Hood (2006-08), and argues that the 1922 film's portral of Richard I is the prototypical model for successive cinematic interpretations of the crusader king.