The Middle Ages Now Free Public Lecture @ University of Sydney

The Middle Ages Now

Date: Wednesday 15 June, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: Law School LT 104, Level 1, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney
RSVP: Free event with online registration requested. Please click here for the registration page

HASHTAG for this lecture: #middleages

Co-presented by the Global Middle Ages Faculty Research Group in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Sydney, the newly established Sydney Social Science and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC), the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and Macquarie University

The Middle Ages have never been more current. Particularly since 9/11, the term ‘medieval’ has been used to describe, for example, climate-change deniers, climate-change scientists, Christians, Muslims, IS, and Al-Qaeda, to name a few. In these contexts, the Middle Ages denotes ignorance, superstition and barbarism.

Why this turn to the idea of the Middle Ages to explain our modern times? Our speakers will explore the long history of the ‘modern’ Middle Ages and its particular relevance for today’s global culture.


  • Professor Sahar Amer, Chair, Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, University of Sydney


  • Associate Professor Lynn Ramey (Chair) Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Professor Laura Doyle, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Professor Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University, USA
  • Associate Professor Geraldine Heng, University of Texas at Austin, USA