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The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages

Geraldine Heng

This lecture considers medieval race in the contexts of nation- and state-formation, religion, colonization, international war, color, and commerce and mercantilism.
Geraldine Heng is Perceval Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West, and Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy.
Heng is Founder and Director of the Global Middle Ages Project (, and editor, with Ayanna Thompson, of the University of Pennsylvania Press series, Race B4Race: Critical Studies of the Premodern, as well as editor, with Susan Noakes, of the Cambridge University Press 40-title Elements series on The Global Middle Ages. Her Cambridge Element, The Global Middle Ages: An Introduction, and an edited MLA Options for Teaching volume on The Global Middle Ages will appear in 2021. Registration required:

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University.

Time and Place
November 16, 2020, 7:30 pm
Online Event - see above for access