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The Future of Historical European Martial Arts Studies. A discussion

Daniel Jaquet
Published Online: 2016-12-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apd-2016-0012


The two panels of the conference were concluded by a round-table aiming at discussing the future of HEMA studies, by crossing the views of the speakers on three levels: personal involvement, major contribution needed for the field, strategies to make it happen. This article will focus on (1) reviewing the most important matters discussed and to balance them with the latest published desiderata for further research, (2) situating them in the latest developments in, on the one hand, martial arts studies, and on the other, Practice as Research (PaR) in other fields of research, and finally (3) comparing them with the developments of a similar fields of study over the last 60 years, notably dance studies.

Keywords: Historical European Martial Arts studies; Dance studies; Musicology; communities of practitioners


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Published Online: 2016-12-28

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Periodica Duellatorum, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 91–97, ISSN (Online) 2064-0404, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apd-2016-0012.

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© 2016 Daniel Jaquet, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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