IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1035: The Theory and Politics of Medieval Studies, I: Theory

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Leeds Studies in English
Organiser:Victoria Cooper, School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Kirsty Day, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 1035-aChanging Paradigms in the Humanities and in Medieval Studies: From Postmodernism to Postculturalism
(Language: English)
Han Nijdam, Fryske Akademy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1035-bThe Historical Is Political: Understanding the Backlash against the Study of Race, Gender, and Representation in Medievalism
(Language: English)
Victoria Cooper, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1035-cCan Medievalists Save the World with Wikipedia?
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Neoliberalism 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.