IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 914: World Medievalism?: Exploring Medievalism's Geographical and Cultural Limits - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Macquarie University, Sydney
Organiser:Louise D'Arcens, Department of English, Macquarie University, Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Louise D'Arcens, Department of English, Macquarie University, Sydney
Abstract

The field of medieval studies is now paying increased attention to ‘the Middle Ages beyond Europe’, with numerous scholars calling for a reconceptualisation of the period as ‘global’ avant la lettre. One of the questions emerging out of this shift in focus is how, or whether, the field needs to reconsider its fundamental categories (what counts as medieval?) and its language of periodisation (when/where is it no longer medieval?). This round table discussion aims to discuss the potential impact of these conversations on the study of medievalism, examining the ways in which ‘world medievalism’ might differ from medievalisms focused exclusively on the European past.

Participants include Louise D’Arcens (Macquarie University, Sydney), Jianing (Ivy) Li (King’s College London), Sabina Rahman (Macquarie University, Sydney), and Usha Vishnuvajjala (Temple University, Pennsylvania).