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The Crusades, the Middle Ages, and the Alt Right: A Symposium for Scholars and Journalists

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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. Speakers will include scholars working on the Crusade, the Middle Ages and Race, and national journalists of the political right.

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:15pm
Event Location: 
Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Type: 
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Virginia Tech Department of Religion & Culture, the University of Virginia Dept. of English, & Paul M. Cobb at the University of Pennsylvania

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