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The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

A Conversation with Geraldine Heng

The Dybbukast, Season 3, Guest Episode: The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

Season 3, Guest Episode

In this special guest episode from the American Academy of Religion, Dr. Geraldine Heng discusses the obstacles in conceptualizing race in premodernity and the evidence for racialized thinking in the European medieval period. Dr. Heng is professor of English and comparative literature, with a joint appointment in Middle Eastern studies and women’s studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the founder and director of the Global Middle Ages Project. In this interview, she talks with Dr. Kristian Petersen about the research in her book The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which won AAR's 2019 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Historical Studies.


For the American Academy of Religion

Scholarship provided by Geraldine Heng, PhD

Transcription provided by American Academy of Religion

For The Dybbukast

Hosted by Aaron Henne

Edited by Mark McClain Wilson

Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.

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