Lecture TOMORROW (2/15): “Representing Race: the Queen of Sheba’s fate in the Middle Ages”

Check out the event announcement below for details on an interesting guest lecture taking place TOMORROW evening:

 

Dr. Lynn Ramey, Associate Professor of French at Vanderbilt University, will present a lecture entitled “Representing Race: the Queen of Sheba’s fate in the Middle Ages.” Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Global Initiatives.

When Feb 15, 2011
from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Where Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Contact Name Sahar Amer
Contact Phone 962-0112

In her lecture, Dr. Ramey will reflect upon the ways in which color difference was understood, questioned, manipulated, and/or erased in medieval French literature. She will discuss the medieval association of race with skin color and the ways in which the Queen of Sheba was represented in both literature and art as black because of her association with the East. As she presents and analyzes different portraits of Sheba, both verbal and pictorial, Dr. Ramey will offer some conclusions about the ways in which a black woman was perceived in the medieval West.

Dr. Ramey is a well-established scholar who works on cross-cultural (Muslims and Christians) encounters in the Middle Ages, on questions of hybridity, race, and miscegenation in medieval French literature and film. She has published Christian, Saracen and Genre in Medieval French Literature (New York: Routledge, 2001) and co-edited several volumes and collections of essays, including Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema (New York: Palgrave, 2007). She is currently completing a book entitled “Race” and the European Middle Ages (under contract, University of Florida Press).

 

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