Twitter | Search | |
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen
Here's a long-promised research/teaching thread, based on my talk for the Haskins Society Thursday (thanks again ), and questions people have on teaching race in the early middle ages. /1
Reply Retweet Like More
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @Nahir_Otano
As said at the & I echoed, in order to teach about race, as w/ any subject, you need to learn basic definitions and where the field has reached consensus. I think it's also helpful to learn the history of CRT. I've got a handout w/ suggested readings. /2
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
My Literature Compass article discusses Roman ideas of race, and my Haskins talk used late Roman materials to teach race in late antiquity to students. Since it was a 15 minute talk & I had a lot say without adding whole topics, I did not focus on the early middle ages. /3
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
As I briefly said in the Q&A, I think the Goths & other post-Roman peoples were still operating, & then subverting, adapting, & in dialogue w/ Roman ideas of race. While at the same time, Chalcedonian Xtianity became essential for membership into the Roman/Byzantine community. /4
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @19Averil
At the same time, as has shown, theologians grouped Jews, heretics, & pagans together in polemical texts against competitors. Although not initially the point, this 'category error' created the belief that these groups were a threat, & assoc. w/ disease & filth. /5
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
So in the late 7th century (in Italy at least - I'd be thrilled to read about what happens elsewhere) we begin to get the idea that there are groups - Jews, heretics, pagans, who threatened religious uniformity and whose religion marked them out for Christian domination. /6
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
Much of the above is in my article, & I'll expand more in new work, but I want to underscore that domination & violence/the threat of violence are central to my conception of racialization, based on work mainly by Black race theorists, such as Stuart Hall & Cedric Robinson.
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
Many CRT scholars believe capitalism is the foundation for the modern racial order, as the driver for colonization & exploitation. I agree, & thus we need to look at the economic & ideological underpinnings of pre-modern colonization to understand the logic of pre-modern race. /8
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
Finally, by understanding the underpinnings of systems of domination across space and time, we can hopefully get a better understanding about how best to dismantle them. For the purpose & for teaching, read Black feminist work - like Audre Lorde, bell hooks. /9
Reply Retweet Like
Dr. Nicole Lopez-Jantzen Jul 24
Replying to @LopezJantzen
Lastly, 1 small but important step towards dismantling our own white supremacist systems of domination here in the US is to give $ to the below, or any other fund fighting against the disenfranchisement of predominantly Black people: /10
Reply Retweet Like