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What’s New in the Middle Ages?
February 11, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm$125
The Medieval period of European history has been mischaracterized as an age of little innovation, while scholars who study the period are often portrayed as antiquarians poring over old texts without recourse to new research methods, tools, and perspectives. This seminar will put these notions to rest by showing how novel approaches to scholarship of the Medieval Era are yielding new insights on the era and on our world today. Join art historian Caroline Bruzelius, religious studies scholar Jessica Boon, professor of English Taylor Cowdery, and historian Brett Whalen as they discuss how cutting-edge technologies, cognitive science, new approaches to translations, and a willingness to find the “relevance” of the historically-distant Middle Ages to our world today are informing their research. This interdisciplinary seminar will not only change our perspectives on the age, but will give us insights into how scholars find the new in the seemingly familiar.