Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Postcolonising the Medieval Image

by J J Cohen

A new website dedicated to postcolonial approaches to medieval visual materials is now live. Supported through an AHRC grant, the site was founded by Eva Frojmovic and Catherine Karkov of Leeds University. "Postcolonising the Medieval Image" offers a growing collection of resources including conference announcements, a library of abstracts, and lists of news and events.

Bookmark this one.

3 comments:

Eileen Joy said...

Tres cool!

Eileen Joy said...

Somewhat related to this, I just received in the mail yesterday Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis's edited collection, "Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the 'Middle Ages' Outside Europe" [Johns Hopkins, 2010]--it looks fantastic and I love the way it is structured. It is has 4 sections--"Locations of History and Theory"; "Repositioning Orientalism"; "Nation and Foundations"; and "Geography and Temporality"--and within each of these sections there are several essays by medievalists plus some written by scholars who are not medievalists, such as Dipesh Chakrabarty, Simon Gikandi [who works on the modern African novel], and Sylvie Kande [who works on Francophone literature and Africa history]. It's wonderful to see this kind of cross-period intellectual exchange, and you also have medievalists, such as Haruko [Hal] Momma, writing an essay on medievalism, orientalism, and colonialism in the work of the modern Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916). This is really marvelous stuff.

Jeffrey J. Cohen said...

JHU press was good enough to send me a gratis copy of the book -- which looks excellent -- a few months ago. I need to do a post on it.