On November 13, 2012 the Writing and Communication Program sponsored a symposium on How Medieval Technology Can Teach the Past

The symposium featured the ways in which knowledge of history informs technological development today:

  • Georgia Tech faculty discussed medieval and early-modern technology and how they teach such topics to their 21st- century students
  • Also featured faculty who use modern technology, such as video games and GIS, to teach aspects of medieval and early modern history and culture

Recent Submissions

  • Neo-Medieval Fantasy in Video Games 

    Pearce, Celia (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    This paper explores the prevalence of neo-medieval themes in video games and pose some potential reasons why these themes are so pervasive in modern-day, high-tech media.
  • Your Mission is to Rescue Lorenzo di Medici: A Demonstration of the Pedagogical Potentials of Using Assassin's Creed II for Teaching the Italian Renaissance 

    Madden, Amanda (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    Based on teaching in an undergraduate composition classroom during the Spring and Fall semesters of 2012, this presentation explores the pedagogical potentials of a game to bring alive for students the social and cultural ...
  • Biology and Germ Warfare 

    Spencer, Chrissy (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    Biological or “germ” warfare among humans is an ancient battle tradition. Medieval European writings reveal evidence of biological warfare, such as poisoning well water with human remains (1155, Italy), catapulting plague ...
  • Blacksmithing and Timber-Framed Houses: Pedagogy of Risk 

    Crawford, T. Hugh (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    This presentation focuses on two forms of medieval technological practice—timber-frame construction and blacksmithing—and how teaching students to forge iron and chop timber is an invaluable pedagogical tool, especially ...
  • Medieval Construction – Foundation of Today's Industry 

    Bowen, Brian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    A major transformation in the organizational framework of modern construction practices has interesting echoes of its medieval origins, which are relevant to understanding today’s challenges.
  • Tried and True Methods 

    Madej, Krystina (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    This talk exemplifies how two modern teaching methods, conversational role-playing and practical application, were successfully premiered in 1000 AD by Aelfric of Eynsham, who wrote to help students learn Latin.
  • The Afterlives of Gawain: Illustration as Annotation in the Cotton Nero Ax Manuscript 

    Haught, Leah (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)
    This presentation illuminates the relationship between text and image within one of the most-well known medieval tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, adding much needed information about the context of its composition ...
  • Opening Remarks 

    Burnett, Rebecca; Meyer, Kellie; Utz, Richard (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-11-13)