Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Since Antiquity, race has conventionally been defined using biology and descent, climate and geography, physiognomy and skin color. Although it is now generally accepted that race is perceived in culturally specific ways, and embraces religion, language, customs, law, and culture, recent alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville and elsewhere have shown that conventional stereotypes are very much alive. What is more, alt-right groups frequently sport medieval symbols and evoke imagined, racially pure, medieval nations to support their cause. This interdisciplinary workshop therefore has a particular urgency. It challenges us to think about race in both medieval and contemporary contexts, exploring intertwined aspects of migration, representation and appropriation.

Upcoming Borghesi-Mellon Workshops and Events

Madeline H. Caviness

Representations in the Middle Ages of Ethnic, Cultural and Physiological Difference, and Their Social Significance Then and Now
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Hagen Room, Room 150, Department of Art History, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond

Madeline H. Caviness

From Magdeburg to Charlottesville via Munich
Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University
Oct 26
Conrad Elvehjem Building, L150
800 University Avenue
4:00 PM Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond
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