Join M. Lindsay Kaplan (Georgetown University), Mayte Green-Mercado (Rutgers University), and Rachel Schine (University of Colorado Boulder) for a discussion of "Premodern Race and Religion." This virtual event is part of a series of Critical Race Conversations hosted by the Folger Institute.
Religious identity is easily understood as a source of difference-making, but not readily understood as racialized. In this conversation, scholars speaking across disciplines will discuss how tropes established about certain religious identities travel and were often then applied to other groups in premodern visual and historical representations. Significant shifts in the formation of canon laws, infrastructure, and economic systems also led to legacies of oppression still felt today. Speakers will explore a variety of sources as a means of considering how the premoderns originally constructed whiteness as a religious identity.