Session Title

Medievalism and Anti-Semitism

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Richard Utz

Organizer Affiliation

Georgia Institute of Technology

Presider Name

Richard Utz

Paper Title 1

Defining Modern In-Groups by Medieval Out-Groups: Antisemitism and the Position of Contemporary Spain

Presenter 1 Name

Julia C. Baumgardt

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Marian Univ.

Paper Title 2

Carmina Burana: A Present-Day Consideration

Presenter 2 Name

Martha A. Oberle

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

White "Warriors"? Exploring the Roots of Medievalism-Linked Anti-Semitism and Violence in Musical Subcultures

Presenter 3 Name

Donald Burke

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Cerro Coso Community College

Paper Title 4

The Fraternal Order of the Knights of the Alt-Right

Presenter 4 Name

Laurie A. Finke; Martin B. Shichtman

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Kenyon College; Eastern Michigan Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2020 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1045

Description

Medievalism and Anti-Semitism

The news agency Reuters reported in early 2019 that anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13 percent in 2018 from the previous year, with the highest number of incidents reported in major Western democracies including the United States, France, Britain and Germany. Sadly, these countries are also among the ones in which medievalist, nationalist, and racist traditions and continuities with medieval culture play an important role for the various ways in which these nations and their citizens define their identity and rootedness in the past. This paper session brings to bear scholarly expertise on different examples medievalist antisemitisms. In addition to reception histories demonstrating the imbrication of medievalia with political, racial, and religious themes, symbols, and events, this session provides a critical view on how the new media has played an important role in disseminating anti-Semitic ideas and building a global network of hate that feels anchored and supported by medieval anti-Jewish narratives, rites, and traditions.

Richard Utz

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May 10th, 8:30 AM

Medievalism and Anti-Semitism

Fetzer 1045

Medievalism and Anti-Semitism

The news agency Reuters reported in early 2019 that anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13 percent in 2018 from the previous year, with the highest number of incidents reported in major Western democracies including the United States, France, Britain and Germany. Sadly, these countries are also among the ones in which medievalist, nationalist, and racist traditions and continuities with medieval culture play an important role for the various ways in which these nations and their citizens define their identity and rootedness in the past. This paper session brings to bear scholarly expertise on different examples medievalist antisemitisms. In addition to reception histories demonstrating the imbrication of medievalia with political, racial, and religious themes, symbols, and events, this session provides a critical view on how the new media has played an important role in disseminating anti-Semitic ideas and building a global network of hate that feels anchored and supported by medieval anti-Jewish narratives, rites, and traditions.

Richard Utz