Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle Ages
Sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 10-13, 2018
With terms like “mass migration,” “religious war,” and “build the wall” invoked in various media on a daily basis, it seems all the more urgent to refine our awareness of the medieval past. Today the “medieval” is cited continuously in political discourse but in ways that demonstrate either how little most people really know about the Middle Ages or how viciously they care to distort the medieval past for pernicious, racist, ends. Likewise, we medievalists can benefit from taking contemporary issues and exploring their configurations in the medieval context. Not only does this help us become more historically accurate in our scholarship, but it also helps us understand the biases we, in the present, continue to hold. Most medieval societies accommodated and integrated people with ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities different from the majority population, while at the same time policing those minority communities on a local and supra-local level. This session hopes to explore the tension between and complexities of inclusion and exclusion in the Middle Ages. We welcome examples from different sources such as literature, art, architecture, religious discourses, legal concepts and procedures, social practices, and political instrumentalizations. We would also like to encourage applicants to present insights about this topic from contexts outside of medieval Europe who might examine these dynamics of inclusion and exclusion within different cultures and regions such as Byzantium, the Islamic world, Africa, or East Asia.
For this multi-disciplinary session, we invite short abstracts for fifteen-minute papers from all fields of study related to the Middle Ages. We plan to offer three travel stipends of $500 to successful abstracts. The Princeton medieval studies community is deeply committed to inclusivity. Graduate students, contingent faculty, early-career medievalists, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. To be considered, please email a C.V. and abstract to Sena M. Hill firstname.lastname@example.org and Helmut Reimitz email@example.com by Friday, September 17, 2017.