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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 336: Public Medievalism: Responsibility and Cultural Heritage Management

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Graduate Student Committee, Medieval Academy of America
Organiser:Austin Powell, Department of History, Catholic University of America
Moderator/Chair:Julia King, Institutt for fremmedspråk, Universitetet i Bergen
Paper 336-aThe Soldiers of Odin and Canadian White Supremacy
(Language: English)
Iona Lister, Department of English, University of Toronto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 336-bPublic Medievalism in Special Collections Libraries
(Language: English)
Ruthann Miller, Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 336-cMedievalist Toolkit: Rethinking Outreach and Medieval Narratives
(Language: English)
Carolyn Quijano, Department of History Columbia University
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Teaching the Middle Ages

How do medievalists cross the borders between academia, public outreach, and responsible cultural heritage management? Recent debates around the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral have shown that there is popular interest in medieval sites and their histories, and demonstrate the need for medievalists to contribute to public debates on their preservation, management, and narrative. This panel will consider how medievalists can best make their voices heard in such discussions while working against triumphalist and white supremacist narratives about the medieval past that accompany such reconstruction projects. Panelists will consider how medievalists can engage responsibly in public discussions about the medieval heritage.