Session Title

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Program in Medieval Studies, Princeton Univ.

Organizer Name

Helmut Reimitz

Organizer Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Presider Name

Pamela A. Patton

Presider Affiliation

Index of Medieval Art, Princeton Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Idea of Luxury and the Dynamics of Power in Medieval Romance

Presenter 1 Name

Lydia Kertz

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Paper Title 2

Nigros Æthiopes turpes reputamus: The Philology of Color and the Construction of Race in the Middle Ages

Presenter 2 Name

Leland Grigoli

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Brown Univ.

Paper Title 3

Debilis, the Liber Glossarum, and Christianization in the Carolingian Empire

Presenter 3 Name

Valerie Piro

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1220

Description

Today the “medieval” is cited continuously in political discourse but in ways that demonstrate either how little most people really know about the Middle Ages or how viciously they care to distort the medieval past for pernicious, racist, ends. Likewise, we medievalists can benefit from taking contemporary issues and exploring their configurations in the medieval context. Not only does this help us become more historically accurate in our scholarship, but it also helps us understand the biases we, in the present, continue to hold. Most medieval societies accommodated and integrated people with ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities different from the majority population, while at the same time policing those minority communities on a local and supra-local level. In the two session we hope to explore the tension between and complexities of inclusion and exclusion in the Middle Ages with examples from different sources such as literature, art, architecture, religious discourses, legal concepts and procedures, social practices, and political instrumentalizations as well as from contexts outside of medieval Europe who might examine these dynamics of inclusion and exclusion within different cultures and regions.

Helmut Reimitz

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages II

Schneider 1220

Today the “medieval” is cited continuously in political discourse but in ways that demonstrate either how little most people really know about the Middle Ages or how viciously they care to distort the medieval past for pernicious, racist, ends. Likewise, we medievalists can benefit from taking contemporary issues and exploring their configurations in the medieval context. Not only does this help us become more historically accurate in our scholarship, but it also helps us understand the biases we, in the present, continue to hold. Most medieval societies accommodated and integrated people with ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities different from the majority population, while at the same time policing those minority communities on a local and supra-local level. In the two session we hope to explore the tension between and complexities of inclusion and exclusion in the Middle Ages with examples from different sources such as literature, art, architecture, religious discourses, legal concepts and procedures, social practices, and political instrumentalizations as well as from contexts outside of medieval Europe who might examine these dynamics of inclusion and exclusion within different cultures and regions.

Helmut Reimitz