Why there was no racism in the 9th century. A comparative view of categories of difference in Carolingian France.
A lecture by Professor Karl Ubl (Medieval History, University of Cologne) as part of a series on Ostracized! Discrimination and Racism in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods organized by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ZMR) at LMU.
The issue of how to deal with people irrespective of their origins or status, their skin color or gender, their sexual orientation or faith is one of the fundamental questions in our society. In today’s world we find ourselves confronted by exclusion, discrimination and racism. The lecture series picks up on this situation and asks about forms of discrimination and racism in the medieval and renaissance periods.
In weekly lectures, experts from LMU and visiting guest speakers will address these matters from the varied perspectives of different discipines. They will explore what forms of social exclusion were observable in medieval times and during the renaissance, inquire whether ‘racism’ is useful as an analytical concept in the context of marginalization phenomena in the early modern age, and discuss how far exclusion and otherness constructs played a part in social self-affirmation. Each lecture will conclude with the opportunity for an open debate.
The event will be held in German. For more information, please visit the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ZMR) website.