Past Event

David Perry on 8chan Medievalism and Global White Supremacy

October 4, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

8Chan Medievalism and Global White Supremacy

Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

CUNY English Department Lounge (Room 4406)

Over the last few years, white supremacists bearing medieval symbols have both marched and committed mass murder around the Anglophone world and throughout Europe. These manifestations of hate, though, are just the tip of a very ugly iceberg. David Perry has spent the last few years tracking the connections between medievalism and hate on sites like 8chan, 4chan, and the Neo-Nazi website Stormfront. He argues that we need to understand even the most seemingly innocuous medieval chatter in these spaces as part of a new, dangerous, phenomenon to which everyone studying the medieval past must be ready to respond.