Enmity at the Edge of Empire: RaceB4Race Day 1

This event last occurred Oct. 19, 2021

Please join the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for a livestream viewing session of the first day of Region and Enmity: A RaceB4Race Symposium. As a part of Humanities Week, ACMRS is hosting livestream viewing sessions each day of the RaceB4Race symposium, October 19-22, 2021.

About this session

Enmity at the Edge of Empire — noon–2 p.m. MST

Opening remarks by Patricia Akhimie and Henry S. Turner

Dan-el Padilla Peralta – A million ways to die in the West

Bindu Malieckal – Java Man: Religion, Race and Evolutionary Theory in Early Modern European Texts

Shao-yun Yang - 'Not our Kin and Kind': The Problem of Mongolophobia in Ming China

Q&A moderated by Patricia Akhimie

About Region and Enmity

Co-sponsored by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

Enmity is a sustaining force for systemic racism, a fervent antipathy toward a category of people. Enmity exists at the nexus of individual and group identity and produces difference by desiring opposition and supremacy, imagining separation by force and willing conflict. Enmity unfolds in different ways in different places, according to local logics of territory, population, language or culture, even as these geographical divisions are subject to constant change.

This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rutgers University, focuses on how premodern racial discourses are tied to cartographical markers and ambitions. The notions of enmity and region provide a dual dynamic lens for tracing the racial repertoires that developed in response to increasingly hostile contention between premodern cultural and political forces. The symposium will invite scholars to take up this intersection between region and enmity, and to examine how belief in difference, or the emergence of polarizing structures and violent practices, configured race thinking and racial practices in ways that are both unique to different territories and that transcend them.

RaceB4Race® is brought to life by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in partnership with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities at Arizona State University. RaceB4Race is underwritten by the Hitz Foundation.

Learn more about RaceB4Race here.

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Durham Hall 512 - ACMRS Conference Room

For more information contact:

Leah Newsom
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies