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Experiencing the Middle Ages in the Post-Medieval World

October 7, 2017
Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Wolfson I Room
Senate House, Malet St
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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The Middle Ages continue to live on in the post-medieval world, creatively re-imagined and restored in the art, architecture, literature, culture, and ideologies of individual and collective imaginations. London – a city whose medieval history clashes evocatively with its modern cityscapes – is the fitting backdrop for the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Medievalism, a new seminar series that will explore the manifold methods and motivations for transporting ‘the medieval’ across temporal boundaries. The seminar will commence on Saturday 7 October 2017 with a symposium on ‘Experiencing the Middle Ages in the Post-Medieval World’. We are delighted that Dr Sarah Salih (KCL) will be our keynote speaker; her talk is entitled ‘Just Now in Medievalism: Scholarship, Politics, Controversy’. The symposium programme is now confirmed, as follows:

09.30 Registration

09.45 Welcome

09.50 Session 1: Buildings and Towns

  • Medievalism after a war: rebuildings in religious architecture during the 20th century in Spain and Europe. Links and Differences.Noelia Fernández García (University of Oviedo)
  • Searching for a 'national style':perceptions of Portuguese medieval architecture between 1890 and 1926Pedro Martins (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Medievalism and the modern city: civic identity and the medieval past in 18th-century BritainAndrew Wells (University of Göttingen)

11.20 Break

11.30 Session 2: Nation-building and Nationalisms

  • Discourses of nation-building and state-building in Russia, east-central Europe and the Balkan countries: why is it necessary to Mobilize the Middle Ages?Alexander Filushkin (St Petersburg State University) & Svetlana Smirnov (St Petersburg State University)
  • Medieval studies and nineteenth-century politics; Edward A. Freeman, the Byzantine Empire and philhellenismPandeleimon Hionidis (independent researcher)
  • Patriotic medievalism and the historical school of law in nineteenth-century Germany.Carla Heelan (Harvard University)

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Session 3: Remembering the Middle Ages

  • Judged in each other's light: past and present in postmodern Iberian fiction.Ana Rita Gonçalves Soares (Complutense University of Madrid)
  • Exhibiting medieval alterity in modern Germany: the exhibition Ex Oriente. William Diebold (Reed College)
  • A Renaissance queering of medieval textsRose Hadshar (independent researcher)

15.15 Break

15.30 Keynote Lecture: Sarah Salih (KCL)

16.30 Discussion

17.00 Finis

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