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01 May, 2015

The Notion of the Middle Ages: Our Middle Ages, Ourselves

A quick abstract for my plenary at this year's Medieval Congress,
The Notion of the Middle Ages: Our Middle Ages, Ourselves

While medievalists have become more geographically, culturally, methodologically, and linguistically inclusive, have more access to more medieval texts, and have amassed more detailed knowledge about aspects of medieval culture than ever before, the most decisive qualitative change since the beginnings of the Medieval Congress 50 years ago is the inclusion of subjective, affective, atemporal, and public connections medievalists make when they engage with the Middle Ages.