IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 841: The Use and Abuse of the Middle Ages in the Modern World, IV: Nationalism and Identity

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

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:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Respondents:Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 841-aPlaying Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games
(Language: English)
Victoria Cooper, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 841-bRemembered: Forgiven? - Should a Buried Norwegian Nazi Monument be Exhumed?
(Language: English)
Øystein Ekroll, Nidaros Cathedral Restoration Workshop, Trondheim
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session, the final of four considering the use or abuse of the Middle Ages in the modern world, examines the questions that arise when nationalism intersects with a modern interest in the medieval past. Drawing largely from post-19th century instances of the uses of the medieval, these papers consider questions of nationalism and nation-building, conservatism and far-right politics using the past for political agendas, and the place of contentious medievalist monuments of the past in the modern world. Ultimately the session asks us to consider certain medievalist movements in light of the politics of their historical and modern context.