Opening keynote:

Medievalism is a Virus
Richard J Utz
GeorgiaTech, USA

Medievalism is a highly infectious agent that has replicated in post-medieval human societies at a global scale. Because it is capable of infecting all areas of human life, it has invaded almost every thought system on Earth and thus constitutes one of the most wide-spread human mentalities. When infected, human hosts (and groups of hosts) are enticed to precipitously produce countless copies and simulacra of the ‘original’ Middle Ages. Medievalism has a myriad of transmission pathways, including language, memory, ritual, religion, music, technology, nationalism, gender, race, politics, and education. We will look at many of them as well as at humans’ responses, coping strategies, and remedies.

Additional Information:

- This activity has a maximum capacity of 100 subscribers in the Zoom room but will be broadcast live on YouTube to all other interested parties.
- The lecture will be entirely in ENGLISH, without simultaneous translation. However, our team will be on hand to help with the translation of questions or answers into Portuguese or Spanish.