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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 526: Finding the Middle Ages in The Dawn of Everything

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Anarchist Approaches to the Middle Ages
Organisers:Huw Jones, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moritz Wallenborn, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Stamatia Noutsou, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Paper 526-aThe Anarchic Puppet: David Graeber, Medieval Humour, and Object Performance
(Language: English)
Michelle Oing, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Performance Arts - General, Social History
Paper 526-bAnarchy and the Archive: The Medieval Deep Past
(Language: English)
Ron Makleff, Department of Political Science, Middlebury College, Vermont
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 526-cThe Late Medieval Agenda of Hierarchy in the Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Monika Veronika Eisenhauer, Independent Scholar, Koblenz
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History, Theology

This session is hosted by Anarchist Approaches to the Middle Ages, a collective which brings together scholars who are critical or sceptical of teleologies of progress, state formation, and 'development' in our understanding of the medieval past. This year, we are thinking in particular about the work of the late David Graeber and how medievalists can respond to anarchist ideas, including ones which make little space for the Middle Ages. This session takes as its starting point David Graber and David Wengrow's The Dawn of Everything and offers three distinct responses.