IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 241: The Use and Abuse of the Middle Ages in the Modern World, I: Reconsidering History

Monday 6 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:CARMEN: Worldwide Medieval Network
Organisers:Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Bennett, Independent Scholar, Hartley Wintney
Paper 241-a'Anglo-Saxonism' and the Shadow of Viking Medievalism
(Language: English)
Lillian Céspedes González, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
Paper 241-bThe Geographic Peripheries of the Middle Ages and Iceland
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Folk Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 241-cThe Marginalization and Misunderstandings of Late Medieval Transi
(Language: English)
Christina Welch, Department of Theology, Religion & Philosophy, University of Winchester
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Theology
Abstract

This session, the first of four considering the use or abuse of the Middle Ages in the modern world, explores history being reconsidered, reused, rewritten, or reinterpreted. Papers will deal with issues of cultural memory, ideology and theology, nationalism and crisis, and the medieval past serving as an exemplar for the present in historical and contemporary contexts. Ultimately the papers will consider how the past is ‘selected’ for use in the present, and examples of the medieval past being reconsidered as a part of writing history.