Medieval Studies after Charlottesville

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

Looking forward to discussing the post-Charlottesville state of the field in person rather than in various deindividuated social media formats. At the Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference, UNC Greensboro.

Update: Here are the four questions I addressed at the session: 1) How has medieval studies changed after Charlottesville—has there been a “Charlottesville Effect” and if so what is it? 2) Has addressing the far right’s use of the Middle Ages resulted in successfully fighting such appropriation or providing an alternative narrative? 3) In the context of Charlottesville, what are the difficulties and benefits of reconceptualizing the Middle Ages in our teaching and scholarship? 4) Are we facing an evolution or revolution in the way medievalists structure the profession itself—how connected are post-Charlottesville developments to pre-Charlottesville trends?


See the two debriefs by J. Good and D. Franke.

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