This Interim Board of Directors are being asked to complete the following tasks (on a six month rotation deadline, in any order) during a 24 month period:

  1. Vote for an Interim President and Interim Secretary.
  2. Determine what will officially be The UNICORN Castle organization (a combination of the two boards or also non-board members who join the cause?)
  3. Create a constitution (for the entire organization to vote upon)
  4. Create a set of by-laws (for the entire organization to vote upon)
  5. Establish non-profit status
  6. Create a Five Year Strategic Plan

The Candidates:

Christopher Cartright (Senior Lecturer of English, Georgia Southern University)

Specific Knowledge/Expertise: gaming experience, games scholarship, digital media experience scholarship
Why do you wish to become a Board member?
I believe in the mission of the Unicorn Castle and would like to contribute wherever possible. I am interested in public research and scholarship that engages individuals beyond the university classroom. As a creative writer (with some digital media experience through freelancing), I believe in the value of interactive fiction and digital experiences. As a teacher (of literature, academic writing, and creative writing), I see the potential for projects like the Unicorn Castle to revolutionize how we engage with learners.

Lesley Coote (Fellow, University of Hull)

Specific Knowledge/Expertise: tabletop games development, information technology, medieval scholarship, digital media experience scholarship, fantasy scholarship, diversity, equity, and, inclusion, grant writing, accessibility
Why do you wish to become a Board member?
To help out and to move the Unicorn further along… to help develop its aims and help it to achieve them.

Carol Jamison (Professor, Georgia Southern University)

Specific Knowledge/Expertise: medieval scholarship
Additional Knowledge/Expertise: fantasy scholarship, medievalism scholarship
Why do you wish to become a Board member?
I worked on the Mozilla Hubs game space for the ISSM meeting alongside Lauryn Meyer and Carol Robinson. I truly enjoyed working with them in creating a space for the conference. I am impressed by the possibilities for this project and would very much like to be a part of its development.

Lauryn Mayer (Professor of English, Washington and Jefferson College)

Specific Knowledge/Expertise: medieval scholarship
Additional Knowledge/Expertise: medieval scholarship/Fantasy Scholarship, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Why do you wish to become a Board member?
I’m very excited about the vision for the Unicorn Castle as a way to bring scholarship, pedagogy, and information about the diverse Middle Ages to the general public in an engaging and accessible format.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
My informal job title is “Scourge of the Vapid”.

Keith Russo (Instructor, Western Michigan University & IMG Academy)

Specific Knowledge/Expertise: gaming experience, medieval scholarship, games scholarship, digital media experience scholarship, fantasy scholarship
Additional Knowledge/Expertise: Medieval and Modern Arthurian scholarship, literature, and digital/filmic media
Why do you wish to become a Board member?
I’m a lifelong gamer and learner, especially of RPGs, fantasy, and scifi worlds. I traced those interests to the Middle Ages and learned as much as I could about them. Then, I decided in grad school that mixing the two would be fun and work that I could enjoy. My academic production has been dedicated to studying the ways in which medieval Arthurian literature relates to modern cinema, television, tabletop and video games, and popular literature, as well as medievalisms in general and gaming theories. The other side of my work is teaching, in which I have employed games, both tabletop and video games to enhance learning and engagement in British Literature and Performing Arts classes. Medieval Studies and medievalisms have been intertwined with popular media for over a century and continue to shape our understanding of current and future technologies and media. I believe that the last twenty years’ worth of study to normalize neomedievalisms (Like MEMO, ISSM, and Gaming Fridays at Kalamazoo) is simply the beginning of digital studies and medievalisms, especially in gaming and pedagogy. It would be an honor to help promote scholarship, play, and the Middle Ages in the modern world.
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
Part of my continuing learning in my field is reading current Arthuriana like “Legendborn”, “Once & Future”, and “Stone, Sword, Table”; I am an ally to LGBTQA+, anti-racist, and alternative adaptations, readings, and scholarship.


Choose each person you approve to serve on the Interim Board of Directors. You may choose all of them, or only a few of them, but please choose at least three.