Resources on Race and Medieval Studies

The Mongol khan meets envoys. From Rashid al-Din’s world history.

2017 was a year of urgent attention paid to race and medieval studies, with resources made for general use as well as for teachers and researchers.

I followed these projects on Twitter, which has turned out a great venue for medievalists: news, crowdsourced efforts and scholarly engagement with the public.

There is now available a bibliography, facilitated by Jonathan Hsy and Julie Orlemanski.
It has sections on ‘Academic publications’ and ‘Blog posts and journalism’.
Link to PDF:

Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography

Over 2017, The Public Medievalist website curated a series on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages. This series extended to forty posts by contributors. It is written to reach the general public, and is a great place to start on race issues. Here’s the final post of the year, from where you can browse through the subjects covered:

Race, Racism and the Middle Ages: Looking Back, Looking Forward

For those interested in medieval Mongols, it is exciting to have these resources and a new focus on race — as ‘race’ was then, and in the way we study the past today.

4 thoughts on “Resources on Race and Medieval Studies

  1. Thanks. Lots of reading for 2018 and timely!

    Any specific titles that are particularly relevant to inland Asia research?

  2. Hi Chris,
    These have been directly useful to me on Mongols:

    European perceptions–

    Giffney, Noreen. ‘Monstrous Mongols.’ postmedieval 3.2 (2012): 227–45.

    Ho, Colleen. ‘Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century European-Mongol Relations.’
    History Compass 10.12 (2012): 946–68.

    Travel writing–

    Khanmohamadi, Shirin A. In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography
    in the Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).
    — with William of Rubruck’s mission to the Mongol khan

    Phillips, Kim M. Before Orientalism: Asian Peoples and Cultures in European
    Travel Writing, 1245–1510 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,

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