IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 926: Are the Middle Ages Relevant?: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 19.00-20.00

Organiser:Klaus P. Oschema, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Moderator/Chair:Chris Jones, Department of History, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

This round table discussion (and relating two sessions) is intended to offer a wide-ranging exploration of the relevance of the study of medieval history for modern society. They aim to consider this relevance from a variety of perspectives, moving beyond traditional tendencies to root the importance of medieval history in the explanations it provides for the origins of political institutions, to consider questions of broader social, cultural, economic, and artistic significance. In exploring perspectives from France, Germany, UK, and Australasia, participants will seek to move beyond traditional Eurocentric boundaries and debate the case for the discipline’s global importance.

Participants include Sahar Amer (University of Sydney), Wolfram Drews (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Paul Dryburgh (The National Archives, Kew), Pierre Monnet (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris) and Madison Williams ( University of Canterbury, Christchurch).