A Decolonizing Medieval Studies?

Young, Helen 2020, A Decolonizing Medieval Studies?, English Language Notes, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 50-63, doi: 10.1215/00138282-8557910.

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Title A Decolonizing Medieval Studies?
Author(s) Young, HelenORCID iD for Young, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-1177-9908
Journal name English Language Notes
Volume number 58
Issue number 2
Start page 50
End page 63
Total pages 14
Publisher Duke University Press
Place of publication Boulder, Colo.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 0013-8282
Summary This article considers how medievalism, particularly in its academic form of medieval studies, might contribute to decolonization through exploration of how the Western “cultural archive” (Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies) draws on the teleological temporality embedded in the idea of the “medieval” to rationalize “white possessive logics” (Moreton-Robinson, White Possessive). It explores medievalisms in legal, mainstream, and academic contexts that focus on Indigenous land rights and law in the Australian settler-colonial state. It examines the High Court of Australia’s ruling in Mabo and Others v. Queensland (2) (1992), a landmark case that challenged the legal doctrine of terra nullius, on which claims to British sovereignty were founded, and on comparisons of Anglo-Saxon and Indigenous law in the post-Mabo era.
Language eng
DOI 10.1215/00138282-8557910
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
2003 Language Studies
2004 Linguistics
2005 Literary Studies
Socio Economic Objective 949999 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144729

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