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Religious Studies and Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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In the primary databases/bibliographies for research in religious studies (ATLA/ATLAS) and medieval and Renaissance studies (International Medieval Bibliography and ITER) there are not a great many citations detailing inclusivity, etc. in college/university teaching, per se. A Google search found a bibliography on Race and Medieval Studies with links to primary source documents and academic research. There are a few practical lesson plans included along with blog posts that provide instructional content.


In medieval and Renaissance studies there is a great need to help students learn about the content of Christianity and Islam in order to study many medieval texts. This has been a motivation for dealing more sensitively with religion topics in the classroom. I was not surprised to find, therefore, more relevant citations in the religious studies field itself. In religious studies dealing more sensitively with gender and disability issues in the classroom and teaching the global history of Christianity, not just Christianity in the West, are inclusivity issues. Within Medieval Studies, topics on white supremacy and white nationalism have exploded with the recent administration and current events. Resources on those topics can be found below and in the bibliography above.

Relevant Journals: 

Teaching Association for Medieval Studies

History Compass

Journal of Education and Christian Belief


Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Bibliographies, Primary Sources, Blog Posts, and Academic Publications

Ambler, Ben. “Teaching Medieval Studies in the Religiously Pluralistic Classroom.” Literature Compass, 10 no. 12, (2013), pp. 900-902.

Kim, Dorothy. Digital Whiteness & Medieval Studies. Arc Humanities Press, 2018. (Request through Interlibrary Loan).

Dorothy Kim, “Teaching Medieval Studies in a Time of White Supremacy.” In the Middle, August 28, 2017. http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2017/08/teaching-medieval-studies-in-time-of.html

Carol L. Robinson, “Featured Lesson Resource Page: Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages.” TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies, updated January 1, 2018. https://teams-medieval.org/?page_id=76

Herman, Peter C., ed. Opening the Borders: Inclusivity in Early Modern Studies: Essays in Honor of James V. Mirollo. Newark: University of Delaware Press, c1999. (Request book through Faculty Delivery)

Lee, Rosemary. "Medieval History from the Margins." History Compass. v. 13#10 (2015), pp. 512-520.

Chance, Jane. "Tough Love, Teaching the New Medievalisms." in Defining Medievalism(s). Edited by Karl Fugelso. Cambridge, D.S. Brewer, 2009, pp. 76-98.

Religious Studies

Ellingsen, Mark. Reclaiming our Roots: an Inclusive Introduction to Church history: From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr. Harrisburg, PA., Trinity Press International, 1999. (Request book through Faculty Delivery)

Hiebert, Theodore, et. al. “The Tower of Babel and Cultural Diversity: a Case Study on Engaging Diversity in the Classroom.” In Shaping Beloved Community: Multicultural Theological Education. Louisville, Westminster John Knox Press, 2006, pp. 128-141.

Makkhado, Samson B.K. and Spalding, Dean. “Community and Hospitality in Multicultural Classrooms.” Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 5, no. 2, (Autumn, 2001), pp. 135-144.

Lee, Rosemary. "Teaching and Learning Guide: Outsiders in the Middle Ages." History Compass. v. 13#10 (2015), pp. 533-540.

Grzelak, Christopher. 2016. “Commitment to Religious Inclusiveness in Teaching and Learning Theology at the Undergraduate Level at St Joseph’s.” Grace & Truth 33 (2): 64–80. http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lsdar&AN=ATLAiBCA170424000590&site=ehost-live.

Contact Info

Agnes Widder
Humanities Bibliographer
(517) 884-6394