What it is to be ‘modern’ has always been shaped by ideas about what was ‘medieval’. ‘The Middle Ages’ is perhaps one of the most powerful metaphors for how shared senses of history, culture, and international relations have been understood in the West.
Today the uses and abuses of the idea of the medieval are just as pervasive as they ever were, as the recent ‘medievalizing’ of Al Qaeda and the Taliban demonstrate. In this event, partnered with the University of St Andrews in celebration of its 600th anniversary, a leading historian and renowned broadcaster discuss 'The Middle Ages in the Modern World'.
Writer, actor and director
Patrick Geary FBA
Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton
Chaired by Dr Chris Jones, University of St Andrews
Organised in association with