Game of Thrones: A Christian View
Understanding that the “hype” nature of the topic can only scare away many people, nevertheless we offer several Christian interpretations of the series “Game of Thrones”. The most popular cultural product has influenced the minds of millions of people, and therefore the analysis of the Game of Thrones is not a hype, but an important topic.
Winter is Coming is the first popular science conference on the Game of Thrones universe. Historians, psychologists and journalists will demonstrate the application of modern scientific methods to the fantasy saga.
How do people and animals get along in the Game of Thrones universe? How does Cersei Lannister experience incest and loss of children? Which of the heroes of the Game of Thrones is fighting to modernize the kingdom (spoiler: he's already dead).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Vladimir Berkhin, president of the Tradition Foundation. The opening of the conference.
Svetlana Yablonskaya, crisis psychologist, speech therapist. “When the sun rises in the west and falls in the east: trauma and its overcoming in the world of Game of Thrones.”
Olga Gavrilova, psychologist at Moscow State Pedagogical University, Department of Psychological Anthropology, Institute of Childhood (Moscow State Pedagogical University). "The archetype of the Divine Child in the series" Game of Thrones. "
Ideology and religion
Maria Grafova, Narratologist (HSE). "Back to" The Song of Roland ": ideology and rating in the plot dynamics of Game of Thrones.
Oksana Kuropatkina, religious scholar. “Religion as an Institute and Personal Choice in the Game of Thrones”
Artemy Streletsky, historian. “End of the World in the Game of Thrones?”
Natalia Ivanova, social technologist. "The Art of Intrigue as the Driving Force of the History of Westeros."
Semyon Kvasha, journalist. "Tits and dragons": how special effects defeated erotica. "
Vladimir Kostyrev, journalist, K. and. n Knights and Knighthood in the Game of Thrones
Alexander Marey, Associate Professor, School of Philosophy (HSE). “Dwarf, eunuch and banker: the birth of a modern state in Westeros.”
Anastasia Lokteva, zoo anthropologist. “The relationship between humans and animals in the Game of Thrones.”
Roman Shlyakhtin, historian, PhD (Koch University). “The Dothraki Sea. Steppe and its People in the Game of Thrones.
Anton Zakharov, physiologist, biology teacher. “The physiology of monsters. How to learn how to breathe fire and how to feed the dragon. "
Vladimir Berkhin, president of the Tradition Foundation. Closing of the conference.
Lecture “Good and Evil in the Game of Thrones”
The series “Game of Thrones”, as well as the book of George Martin, is a tremendous challenge to modern man, especially to a believer. How to relate to a world where the categories of good and evil are so relative and mobile? You can refuse to discuss it, but when your acquaintances and friends are watching and reading hard, it’s hard to get rid of the arrogant “I haven’t” seen here. This must be said. Not because it is fashionable, and not because "the night is dark and full of horrors." But because a person always remains a person.
Lecturer – Maria Steinman, philologist, lecturer at the Russian State Humanitarian University, specialist in fantasy and English literature of the 20th century.
Lecture "John's Kingdom": Christian values in the world "Game of Thrones"
For the universe of Game of Thrones (Songs of Ice and Fire), George R. R. Martin created several fantasy religions. They recognize the Catholic monastic orders, and Zoroastrianism, and the beliefs of the Druids. At the same time, the question of the presence of Christian motives and values in the book and series remains open. But the chivalrous world created by Martin, although devoid of such attributes as the Holy Grail, evokes quite evident associations with the Anglo-Saxon image of Christ – the Tsar and the Warrior, widely known from the figures of King Arthur, Shakespeare's Henry V, Tolkien's Aragorn. The series uses not only literary, but also visual references, balancing between the story of the political struggle for the Iron Throne and another epic about the Apocalypse.
On the one hand, human passions, a thirst for power and a parade of ambitions, on the other hand, stories about service, about self-sacrifice and moral choice, about repentance and transfiguration, which are so vivid and significant that they make one suspect that the coincidences with New Testament motives and ideas are not accidental.
The Christian roots of the images that fill the series and the values that stand behind them will be discussed by Yanina Soldatkina, Doctor of Philology, Professor of the Department of Russian Literature at Moscow State Pedagogical University (Moscow State Pedagogical University).
Lecture "Game of Thrones" as a black square of media culture "
The iron throne fell. Are the viewers happy? Over the eight years of the series, the inevitable happened: not only did we peer into the television abyss, but the abyss began to peer at us. What this led to, the professor of the department of Russian literature of the XX – XXI centuries will tell. Institute of Philology MPGU Yanina Soldatkina.
Why did the main battle of the last season unfold between the expectations of the audience and the cunning of the creators? What Shakespearean tricks and biblical images are played out in the series (and does all this have any sense)? Why does the “do not kill” principle somehow work strange in Westeros? And why are the principles for the Westerthans at all?
At the lecture, we recall the valiant Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark, the “great villains” Ramsey Snow and Queen Cersei, pay tribute to the heroic Theon Greyjoy and the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen. What did they die for and what did they and us surviving characters teach?
The professor of the Department of Russian Literature of the 20th – 21st centuries will tell about all this, about the future of six plus kingdoms, and about one (not) fulfilled Kingdom. Institute of Philology MPGU Yanina Soldatkina.
An article by Vladimir Shallar on religion and politics in the series:
“There were several movements in the world of the series, which with greater or lesser success can be called religious liberation. And all of them are morally and physically merged by the scriptwriters of the series. "
“Any cultural product has a political dimension. The final episode of Game of Thrones is an agitation against revolution. Trust your owners, do not try to change anything. ”
"What is absolutely typical of all this and what is rarely understood at the same time: rejection of revolutionary politics is associated with rejection of religion."
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