Session Title

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Program in Medieval Studies, Princeton Univ.

Organizer Name

Helmut Reimitz

Organizer Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Presider Name

William Chester Jordan

Presider Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Paper Title 1

Urban Violence: Riot Culture and Dynamics in Late Antique Eastern

Presenter 1 Name

David A. Heayn

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Graduate Center, CUNY

Paper Title 2

Christians under Islamic Rule: The Benefits of Collaboration and Inclusion

Presenter 2 Name

Chris Prejean

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

Paper Title 3

Inclusivity and Exclusivity in the Transmission of Poetic Knowledge in Early Medieval Japan

Presenter 3 Name

Malgorzata Citko

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa

Paper Title 4

At the Crossroads of Kingship and Disability: The Case of Baldwin IV of Jerusalem

Presenter 4 Name

Samantha Summers

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Queen's Univ. Kingston

Start Date

11-5-2018 1:30 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, 1:30 PM

Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages I

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