The International Association of Robin Hood Studies will hold its ninth biennial conference from Thursday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 2, at Saint Louis University.
This conference brings together the most accomplished historians and literary experts on the notorious outlaw in order to discuss, present and collaborate on the many roles and functions Robin Hood has filled over the last seven centuries.
This year's conference will emphasize the gaming function of Robin Hood and his merry men, how they play games and how storytellers have played games while narrating the stories of the Sherwood bandit.
St. Louis has a special connection to Robin Hood; local hero Tom Sawyer had a strong fascination with Robin, and when he play-pretends to be the outlaw, he is our "Robin on the River."
This conference is hosted by the Department of English and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with additional support from the departments of fine and performing arts, modern and classical languages, history and the Mellon Foundation.