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UF Medieval Film and Media Conferences Take Gainesville Back to the Middle Ages

March 7, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Medieval scholars and enthusiasts will have the opportunity this month in Gainesville to enjoy two film and media conferences related to the Middle Ages.

The University of Florida’s first-ever “Getting Medieval on Film and Media” conference takes place March 11-12 on campus. One of the highlights will be the presence of renowned filmmaker Ron Maxwell, who has written and directed such films as “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” He will discuss his current production, “Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior,” as the conference’s opening lecture at 5:30 p.m. March 11 in Room 215 of UF’s Dauer Hall.

Two films that are not commercially available in the United States also will be screened, including “Procès de Jeanne d'Arc” (Trial of Joan of Arc) at 9 p.m. on March 11 in Dauer Hall, Room 215, and “Anazapta,” about the Black Death plague in Europe, on March 12 in Dauer Hall, Room 219.

For a complete list of conference events, visit

UF’s fifth annual Carnevale conference, “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez — Missives and Messages: Media in the Middle Ages,” takes place March 14-16 in Gainesville.
Conference organizer Mary Watt, co-director of UF’s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and assistant professor of Italian, said participants will examine how media hundreds of years ago are not that different than today. “Modern media are by no means novel but are no more than electronic upgrades to highly effective analogue methods,” said Watt. “The Distant Early Warning System, a series of connecting radio towers constructed across the Northern Hemisphere to detect missiles during the Cold War, takes its cue from the series of watchtowers built along the Andalucian front by the Moors of Southern Spain in the early Middle Ages.”

The City of Gainesville’s Department of Cultural Affairs is a sponsor this year, as well as the France-Florida Research Institute, and many of the lectures and panel discussions will be held at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, including an art exhibit from March 14 to April 17. The exhibit, which features medieval and Renaissance documents, and puppets, dolls, textiles, sculptures and photographs, will celebrate its opening on March 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thomas Center, 302 N.E. 6th Ave.

For a complete list of all events, visit

All events for both conferences are free and open to the public.


Mary Watt, Co-Director of UF’s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, (352) 392-2016, ext. 255,
Richard Burt, UF English Professor, 373-3560,
Erin Friedberg, Visual Arts Coordinator, City of Gainesville, Department of Cultural Affairs, (352) 334-5064, ext. 5532,

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