Even before our conversation begins, U of C Medievalists eagerly distribute reading lists, speculate over how current events will impact the discussion
- — UChicago MSW (@UCMedievalists)Mon, Mar 06 2017 18:01:57Readings for our #medievalcrisis conversation available here: https://voices.uchicago.edu/medievalstudies/2017/02/27/teaching-and-researching-the-medievalpast-in-the-face-of-present-crisis-why-and-how-medieval-studies-now/ …
- The readings are still up on the Medieval Studies Workshop website for those who are interested!
- — Samuel Baudinette (@SamBaudinette)Mon, Mar 06 2017 19:26:37With a second version of the Muslim ban just announced for the US the #medievalcrisis conversation 2nite just became even more necessary!
- — Luke Fidler (@detective_goods)Mon, Mar 06 2017 20:30:38More #medievalcrisis resources! Wan-Chuan Kao on Arthurian literature and white fragility: http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2016/07/palefacesmatter-wan-chuan-kao.html …
- — Carly B. Boxer (@cbboxer)Mon, Mar 06 2017 21:37:25Can't wait for tonight's #medievalcrisis convo. If you can't make it, don't worry: here are readings, @UCMedievalists et al will live tweet https://twitter.com/UCMedievalists/status/838811905535901696 …
Far exceeding our expectations for attendance, nearly 80 undergraduates, grad students, faculty members, and others interested in the state of the field settled in as the event began
Daisy Delogu, our moderator, introduces some of the motivations for tonight's event -- what does the current political climate mean for Medieval Studies?
- — Samuel Baudinette (@SamBaudinette)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:09:28#medievalcrisis understood and imagined in a variety of terms. Concern over de-funding, "free speech" and relevance of medieval studies.
- — UChicago MSW (@UCMedievalists)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:09:40Daisy Delogu - rationale for a #medievalcrisis - Trump, free speech, Brexit, loss of humanities funding, and the question of relevence
- — Samuel Baudinette (@SamBaudinette)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:13:10#medievalcrisis usefulness of medieval literature to incarcerated people reveals what is at stake when we do or dont make medieval available
Our first presenter, Luke Fidler, discusses his experience teaching art history at the Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum security prison in Illinois
- — UChicago MSW (@UCMedievalists)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:13:18Luke Fidler leads off #medievalcrisis with a discussion of Herzman's article on Dante in Attica - stakes of availability
- — Ryan Eisenman (@eisenman_ryan)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:13:50"I teach because there is something of intrinsic value of teaching multiple histories of the world." #medievalcrisis
- — Samuel Baudinette (@SamBaudinette)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:14:25#medievalcrisis points of commonality and also tension with the middle ages can destabilize assumptions about the present
- — Samuel Baudinette (@SamBaudinette)Mon, Mar 06 2017 23:15:29#medievalcrisis important to recover a middle ages different to the monolithic entity imagined by white supremacists.
Teaching & Researching the Medieval Past in the Face of Present Crisis: Why and How Medieval Studies *Now*?
On March 8, Medievalists from the University of Chicago and beyond gathered to discuss the state of the field, what the study of the Middle Ages can provide in a time of political crisis, and what we can do to fight against the appropriation of the medieval by the radical right.
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