Ever so often we stumble on some minor medieval news which do not merit a full article, but nevertheless, deserve a short notice.
Medievalists across various disciplines are taking a more geographically and methodologically global approach to the study of the Middle Ages. While the Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies, the conference 2019 spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies. To this end, we encourage session and paper proposals that treat the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon, encompassing the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and beyond. We also invite proposals that explore departures from traditional teleological discourses rooted in national interests, ones that apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods to study a broad array of subjects.
Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. In a recent article in the Guardian, Historians are quoted as hitting back as former skills minister Robert Halfon seeks to axe the subject’s funds. According to historians, medieval history matters as it seemingly helps politicians to get elected… another argument, though not raised, might have been that the peculiar political landscape in Europe cannot be understood without deep knowledge of the political and cultural changes in the 5th and 6th centuries, when the Barbarian sucessor-kingdoms laid the foundation for the future national and regional landscapes of Europe – ultimately leading to such happenings as even brexit.