Invitation to Workshop: ‘History in a Time of Polarization’, Saturday 11 December, 12pm-3:20pm EST

Presented by The Medievalist Toolkit

This virtual workshop brings together professionals from fields that deal with the violent far-right. Hate groups’ recruitment has consistently drawn from memories of the medieval past, and in recent years this effort has grown, particularly online. Scholars, social workers, and journalists all have unique viewpoints on this issue, but rarely have a single forum for discussion and problem solving. This workshop offers such a space.

Keynote Address (12:00-1:00 pm EST)

Sammy Rangel, co-founder of Life After Hate

Panel 1 (1:15-2:15 pm EST) Sharing Experiences

Panel 2 (2:20-3:20 pm EST) Sharing Solutions

Cord Whitaker (Wellesley College, History)
Mary Rambaran-Olm (University of Toronto, Literary History)
Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College, Computer Science)
Bret Deveraux (UNC Chapel Hill, History)
Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh (UC Berkeley, English)
Andrew Guess (Princeton University, Politics and Public Affairs)
Hannah Reall (Mount Carmel Health System, Social Worker)
Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech, Religion and Culture)

Register Here:…/tJ0ofu6qrTsuGt1MFV…

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! Direct any questions to Sarina Kürsteiner (Haifa Center for Mediterranean History, University of Haifa), at for the Medievalist Toolkit

The Medievalist Toolkit is a public history group founded by Columbia graduate students in the Fall 2017. The group aims to enable and facilitate conversation between academics and activists, journalists, and public service providers. Awarded the Lehman Center Public History Award (2020) and the History in Action Program Award (2018), we are currently creating a website to make knowledge about the Middle Ages easily accessible to our partners. 


Published by Blair Apgar

Blair (they/them) recently completed their PhD in History of Art at the University of York with Hanna Vorholt and Amanda Lillie. Their thesis focused on the role of Matilda of Canossa in the sociopolitical development of the Investiture Controversy, and its relationship to Matilda’s material patronage. As an early career researcher, their work aims to unpack the historiographic construction of powerful medieval women’s legacies. They are also interested in the representation of the Middle Ages in modern media.

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