The Middle Ages was a period of far-ranging travel, long-distance entanglements, and cultural hybridity. This course will study how geographers and travelers – including eco-travelers like crops and disease – encountered a world grown smaller through empires, trade, and migration, ca. 750-1250 CE. By gathering texts, artifacts, and art from regions often studied separately, this course will test the possibilities for defining a “global Middle Ages” and what that means for our understanding of globalization today. Includes visits from outside experts and trips to special collections.