IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 254: Teaching the Crusades in an Age of White Nationalism: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Susanna A. Throop, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chairs:David Perry, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Susanna A. Throop, University of Cambridge
Abstract

In recent years, resurgent white nationalists have taken their message to the streets and online, directly invoking the Crusades as a historical precedent and inspiration. As a result, teaching the Middle Ages and the Crusades especially has become unavoidably infused with contemporary political overtones. In this round table, scholars from different disciplinary and institutional perspectives will discuss how the history of the Crusades is being harnessed by white nationalist movements, consider how this does and should affect the way we teach the Crusades, and suggest some ways to address these issues as well as to extend discussions of race, religion, and transcultural networks in the medieval world.

Participants include Chris Chism (University of California, Los Angeles), Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Technical Institute), Kristin Skottki (Universit├Ąt Bayreuth), Carol Symes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Susanna Throop (Ursinus College, Pennyslvania), and Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College, Massachusetts).