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Othering the Middle Ages: Triumphalist secularisms in the post-Reformation West

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Othering the Middle Ages: Triumphalist secularisms in the post-Reformation West
When: 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

14:00 - 15:30
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Where: 

Classroom - CL 126

Series: 
Association event
Who can attend: 
General public
Language: 
English

In this plenary address, Andrew Gow will explore the role of propaganda in the Protestant Reformation, especially in relation to constructions of Muslims as medieval “others” and to the regulation of morality during the early modern period. Incorporated into Gow’s explorations of early modern propaganda will be a discussion of the mythologies of secularization in our current period. His investigations of links between secularity and the framing of Brexit by British tabloids offers an opportunity to see how the study of the past can illuminate contemporary concerns around questions of the status of evidence and the nature of the media’s role in the dissemination of the knowledge to members of the public.

With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.

Speakers: Andrew Gow, Professor, University of Alberta