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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1353: Racialised Violence in the Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:James Doherty, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol
Paper 1353-a‘Par amur’?: Racialised Violence and Religious Conversion in Medieval French chansons de geste
(Language: English)
Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Paper 1353-bViolent Elisions: Popular Crusades and Medieval Studies
(Language: English)
Melissa Heide, Department of English University of Texas at Austin
Index terms: Crusades, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Mentalities, Military History
Paper 1353-cRoots of Indigenous Genocide: The Case of the Canary Islands
(Language: English)
Adam Miyashiro, School of Arts & Humanities, Stockton University, New Jersey
Index terms: Crusades, Mentalities, Military History, Pagan Religions

Racialized violence in the Middle Ages may take many forms: from war and crusade, to coerced conversion, forced exile, sexual crimes and inquisition. It may produce acts of subversion and resistance as well as fear and hatred. The aims of this panel are twofold. Firstly, it seeks to theorize both how violence is racialized in texts and images of the Middle Ages and how this relates to concepts of religious difference. Secondly, it will consider the afterlives of such violence by examining the ways in which white supremacist violence relies on tropes established in the Middle Ages.