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Virtual SJCC: Monsters and Monstrosities in the Middle Ages

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Event

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series continues with another Zoom conversation on Friday, Oct. 30 titled “Monsters and Monstrosities in the Middle Ages.” Speaker Charity Urbanski, PhD, will explore ancient, medieval, and modern monster theory, how the concept of monstrosity was used to define “humanity,” how the rhetoric of monstrosity was used to dehumanize out-groups in the Middle
Ages, and the social functions of some more fantastic monsters, such as dragons, revenants, and werewolves.

Free, however, space is limited and registration is required. Register now:

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Speaker Bio: Charity Urbanski, PhD. is a historian of Medieval Europe focusing on the political and cultural history of twelfth-century France and England. Her interest in history derives from her desire to understand the world we currently live in, and particularly how contemporary cultural attitudes and political arrangements came into being. Since completing her first book, Dr. Urbanski’s research focus has shifted from examining the attempts of the powerful to harness the past for their own ends, to examining monstrosity in medieval Europe. Her current book project focuses on how medieval Europeans conceptualized the monstrous and how clerical and secular authorities deployed the rhetoric of monstrosity to delegitimize and demonize various groups, such as women, Jews, and Muslims.

Before coming to the University of Washington in 2008, Dr. Urbanski taught at UC Berkeley and UCLA. Some of her recent course offerings at UW have included seminars on Medieval Outlaws, the Monstrous and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages, the History of Ritual, and the Politics of Medieval History Writing. To view recordings from previous talks you can visit: