Geraldine Heng: The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages
Dr. Geraldine Heng is Perceval Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, and Founder and Director of the Global Middle Ages Projects (G-MAP). Her second book, "The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages," won the 2019 PROSE prize in Global History, the 2019 Robert W. Hamilton Grand Prize, the 2019 Academy of Religion prize in Historical Studies, and the 2020 Otto Grundler prize. She is also the author of a third, short book, "England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West."
Dr. Heng will present "The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages," which critically considers how nation-formation and state-formation, invasion and occupation, political theology, mercantile capitalism, and empire-formation in premodernity conduced to the production of race and racisms in medieval Europe.
Dr. Heng co-edits the University of Pennsylvania Press's new book series, RaceB4Race: Critical Studies of the Premodern, and Cambridge University Press's 40-title Elements series on The Global Middle Ages. Her new title for Cambridge, "The Global Middle Ages: An Introduction," will appear in 2021. Dr. Heng is also the editor of a forthcoming volume in the Modern Language Association of America's Options for Teaching series, entitled "The Global Middle Ages." She is currently researching and writing a fifth book, "Early Globalisms: The Interconnected World, 500-1500 CE."
This talk is free and open to the public and we invite anyone to attend. There will be a brief question and answer session with attendees following the presentation. If you are a person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Center for Humanities at 540.231.1981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 business days prior to the event.