The Middle Ages, the Crusades, & the Alt Right:
Fri, October 13, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
This symposium, aimed primarily at bringing together scholars and journalists, will explore some aspects of popular contemporary nostalgia for the Middle Ages, specifically the Crusades and ideas about Race. Recently, scholars and journalists alike have begun to discuss the appropriation of medieval imagery - the "Deus Vult" cross, Viking nostalgia, etc. - by white supremacists groups, such as the so-called "Alt Right." Discussions here will center around where those ideas come from, what the real Middle Ages was like, how universities are reacting to this newfound interest, and how these modern groups are themselves evolving.
The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Per GWU Library policy, attendees will have to show an ID to enter.
Panels will include:
The Crusades & Modern Politics
- Prof. Susanna Throop (Ursinus College)
- Prof. Suleiman Mourad (Smith College)
Race & the Academy
- Sierra Lomuto (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
- Prof. Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College)
The Nostalgia of the Alt Right
- Jacob Siegel (Vice)
- Elizabeth Bruenig (Washington Post)
If you would like to attend, please register HERE: