02.09.2018

Past and Future – Medieval Studies Today; 6th European Congress of Medieval Studies

Ort: University of Basel, Petersplatz 1, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Beginn: 02.09.2018 16:00
Ende: 05.09.2018 12:00

Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Etudes Médiévales (FIDEM)

 

Past and Future – Medieval Studies Today

 

There was a time, not so long ago, when Medieval Studies constituted a major pillar for the understanding of the history of human civilization, and had a strong and uncontested position in the curricula of many institutions of higher education, especially in the Western world.

 

Today, things are different. In a globalizing world, the emergence of the universities, gothic architecture, polyphony, and urban culture, can no longer be studied in isolation. Their significance must be assessed against the background of developments elsewhere in the world, for instance, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Today, what does the medieval past mean for a global and culturally diverse future?

 

Currently, different replies to these new challenges are under discussion, each with its own potentials and risks: global medievalism, digital humanities, comparative history, rethinking the cultural narrative. To present and debate these approaches and to exchange views about successful perspectives of Medieval Studies, the Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Etudes Médiévales (FIDEM) devotes its 6th European Congress of Medieval Studies to the topic of “Past and Future: Medieval Studies Today”.

 

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