Pre-Modern Racialization? Antisemitism in the Holy Roman Empire

Kerice Doten-Snitker, Chapman University

The central concern of this panel discussion is generating dialogue that constructs an agenda for empirical approaches to studying German (and beyond) racializations and racisms. Can we study race and racism in the pre-modern German context, before modern concepts of race? I address what studying the medieval Holy Roman Empire adds to theories and empirical approaches to racialization. I focus on the historical cleavage of Christian/Jewish. While my comments will provide historical detail on the social production and maintenance of both categories during the medieval era, they will be directed at what scholars of other eras or cleavages might learn or apply (or contrast) with this historical case.

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 Presented in Session 131. Transhistorical Approaches to Race and Racism in Germany and Beyond