ARLINGTON - Learning about Medieval times includes more than knights in shining armor, castles and chivalry, experts say. The medieval and early modern world saw major social and cultural change - the rise of the middle class, the development of the individual and the emergence of the nation state, to note a few.
This intriguing historical era and the relevance of its study today will be explored at a conference "Living on the Edge in the Medieval and Early Modern World," from 10 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the sixth floor parlor of The University of Texas at Arlington's Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The conference is free and open to the public.
The times, speakers and topics are:
10-11:15 a.m.- Kathleen Biddick, Temple University, "Slaughter, Sovereignty, Archive."
11:30 a.m.- Kevin Curran, University of North Texas, "Shakespeare and the Criminal Edge"
1:45 p.m. - Isidro Rivera, University of Kansas, "Reading, Visual Culture and the Performance of Private Devotion in the Age f Isabel de Castilla."
3:15 p.m.- Amy Tigner, UT Arlington, "Trading on Nature's Edge in the Early Modern World"
4:15 p.m.- Roundtable discussion, "The Edge of Relevance? Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the Modern World."
Visit www.uta.edu/libarts/mems for more information.
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