Session1035
TitleThe Theory and Politics of Medieval Studies, I: Theory
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorLeeds Studies in English
 
OrganiserVictoria Cooper, Department of English, Beijing International Bilingual Academy
 
Moderator/ChairKirsty Day, Institut for Politik og Samfund, Aalborg Universitet
 
Paper 1035-a Changing Paradigms in the Humanities and in Medieval Studies: From Postmodernism to Postculturalism
(Language: English)
Han Nijdam, Fryske Akademy, De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Leeuwarden
Index Terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Medievalism and Antiquarianism; Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1035-b The Historical Is Political: Understanding the Backlash against the Study of Race, Gender, and Representation in Medievalism
(Language: English)
Victoria Cooper, Department of English, Beijing International Bilingual Academy
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1035-c Can Medievalists Save the World with Wikipedia?
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of English, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
 
AbstractNeoliberalism and the new prominence of 'post-truth politics' across the West, along with forces like environmental change, are pressing medievalists to question postmodern theoretical paradigms and to grapple anew with objective, material realities only partly accessible through human experience. This session examines from multiple angles vexed questions about truth, objectivity, and representation in medieval studies, both in terms of historiographical theory and the ways in which professional research is received and manipulated by wider audiences.