The Contagious Middle Ages in Post-Communist East Central Europe

A sculpture of a man riding an upside-down horse. Sculpture by David Cerný, executed in foam, but made to look bronze.
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2007 to Thursday, Jan 31, 2008
United States

An exhibition, lectures, and films focused on the explosion of interest in real and imagined pasts, especially medieval pasts, since 1989, from Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south.

Nationalism, religious revival, political agendas, myth-making, spectacle all play a part—exuberant, poignant or pompous, at times constructive, too-often destructive, but certainly revealing for our understanding of the region and of similar phenomena elsewhere in the 21st century.

Organized by Randolph Starn and Gábor Klaniczay in collaboration with the Open Society Archive of the Central European University. Cosponsored by the Graduate Division, the Humanities Division, the Social Sciences Division, the Committee on Medieval Studies, the Consortium for the Arts, the Institute of European Studies, the Institute for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of History, and the Helen Fawcett Chair in History.