Center for Historical Fencing

A resource hub for those teaching Medieval, Renaissance, or Enlightenment Swordplay

Historical Fencing Poster Session 2015

What is a poster session?  Poster sessions are a standard feature of academic conferences in the sciences.  They allow participants to report new and in-progress research that is not yet ready for publication.

What topics are appropriate: any topic that examines (1) the use of swords, edged weapons, or polearms during the period 1100 CE to 1850 CE, (2) the context of the use of such weapons, (3) the careers and practice of fencing masters, and (4) methods for teaching and training students in historical fencing. 

Why you should do this:  there is much we do not understand about the use of the sword and polearms in this period.  Even if you are not an experienced researcher, and have only limited access to original sources, you can make a contribution to the understanding of historical fencing by interpreting sources, comparing and contrasting traditions and systems, developing and testing new ways of training and teaching, proposing better sequences of training, etc.  . 

Poster length:  maximum length 500 words, maximum space 2 standard 8.5 by 11 inch sheets, portrait orientation.

Standard sections: a template is available on request to for preparation of the poster.  If prepared without a template please follow the guidelines below.

Centered at the top of the first page the title, and beneath that the author’s name and affiliation.

1.  Introduction – what is the research about and why is this an important topic?

2.  Method – how was the research conducted?  Is this content analysis, statistical examination, qualitative narrative, grounded theory, etc.?  What sources did you use or what populations did you study?

3.  Results – what exactly did the research discover?

4.  Conclusions – and what do the discoveries mean?

5.  Literature – any sources that you used that were not the direct target of your research.

Graphics: should be specifically linked to the subject of the poster.  If your research reports the average annual number of deaths in the German Fechtschules, it may be appropriate to include an illustration of a Fechtschule or a chart or graph showing fatality rates by decade.  A picture of Johannes Liechtenauer or of the Diet of Worms do not contribute to the topic.

Font: for ease of reading online, posters should be prepared in Verdana 12 point.  Section titles should be bold.  Author lines should be 12 point bold, and the title 14 point bold. 

Submission: as a Word or PowerPoint file.

Number of posters you may submit: participants may submit up to 3 posters.

Assistance in preparation: will be available for presenters who request further clarification of how to conduct and report research.

Acceptance: not all posters will be accepted.  A jury of individuals with research backgrounds and experience in historical fencing will screen posters for inclusion based on originality of topics, the contribution of the poster to understanding historical fencing, and the development of new knowledge.

Deadline for submission: 1 September 2014.

Posting:  all posters accepted will be posted on the 2015 Poster Session page on the Center for Historical Fencing.

Awards:  a number of posters, the number to be determined based on the total number submitted, will be recognized as superior based on votes of session visitors.

For further information: please contact Walter Green, the Center’s director, at, or 804-798-7744.