Kholood Mo’allim, a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (academic home to Material Collective Core Member Nancy Thompson), has compiled this guide for people who wish to support communities in the Twin Cities in this time of pain and crisis. She shared it with her campus at St. Olaf, and now we share […]
For this post, the Material Collective welcomes Zaina Siraj, a senior at SUNY-Albany majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Public Health and History. Zaina is applying to medical school with the hopes of becoming a physician, and is an active digital artist. You can follow her on Instagram @zainaartistry. As a student of science, […]
For this post, we welcome guest blogger Alicia Walker of Bryn Mawr College. This essay was slated to be run in March 2020, but its posting was delayed by the onset of COVID-19. We thank our readers for their patience as we move forward with our work in the midst of the new normal. For […]
This guest post by Sharon Rhodes considers a subject of great interest in medieval studies at present, the use of the term “Anglo-Saxon.” Rhodes takes a fresh approach to the subject, focusing on how to teach Old English language and literature (with relevance for the teaching of related subjects, such as medieval English art, history, etc.) without welcoming or fostering the racist fantasies about linguistic and cultural “purity” that have plagued the field more or less since its inception.
From Hitler’s “Third Reich” to Bush’s “crusade” against terrorism, professional politicians have often invoked the Middle Ages to justify their actions. But they are far from alone, for many of their constituents have also deployed medievalism for political purposes, as in condemning impoverished countries for “failing to escape” the Middle Ages.