Conferences & Calls for Papers

Registration Now Open!

If you would like to attend the Third Symposium of the NNSC at the University of Huddersfield, registration is now open and will close on 13th February. For a free place, go to eventbrite and book.

If you have any questions about the event, please email the organiser 


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

Third Annual Symposium CFP: Crusading Identities

22 February 2019 – University of Huddersfield

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Fulcher of Chartres famously remarked of early twelfth century western settlers in the Crusader States: ‘we who were Occidentals now have been made Orientals’. He described the processes of acculturation which had led to this transformation of collective identity, including intermarriage and the acquisition of wealth and property. This highlights the fertile ground which crusading activities and their impact offer for explorations of the construction and performance of medieval identities. Both individual and collective identities were the product of a range of socio-cultural factors, such as age, gender, status, religion, nationality and ethnicity, among others. Identity could be self-fashioned through experience and conduct, but was also imposed on individuals and groups. This symposium aims to bring together medievalists working in a range of disciplines to consider the ways in which both individual and collective identities were forged or changed by going on crusade, or by engaging with crusaders. It also seeks to examine the role of identity in determining the nature of an individual or group’s experience of crusading.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from postgraduate, ECR and established scholars from the fields of history, literature, art history, archaeology, music or any other relevant discipline. We also welcome the submission of poster presentations which will be displayed at the symposium. Papers may consider any aspect or area of crusading activity from the late eleventh to the sixteenth centuries, and might consider issues such as:

  • The nature and construction of crusader identities.
  • The expression of crusader identities via conduct, dress, the production of literary and material culture, etc.
  • The influence of specific aspects of identity on the experience of crusading (e.g. age, gender, status, etc).
  • The role of crusading in defining or supporting other aspects of identity (e.g. devotion, masculinity, family and lineage).
  • The role of crusading in the adaptation or transformation of an individual’s identity.
  • Cross-cultural accounts and comparisons of specific aspects of individual or collective identity (e.g. religious, regional, ethnic).

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Dr Katherine Lewis by 7 December 2018 Registration for the symposium will be free and will include refreshments and lunch.





Second Symposium of the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades

The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

February 9th 2018

Geoffrey Manton Building 302, Manchester Metropolitan University

[to book a free place, please go to   ]

8:45 Arrival.  Tea & Coffee

9.00-10.45 Welcome and Session One: Memory and Commemoration

Memories of Crusading – Dr Elizabeth Siberry, Independent Researcher

The Curious Case of Florina of Burgundy: Gender, Mythmaking and the Crusades – Hilary Rhodes, University of Leeds 

‘Heroes and Martyrs’: the Role of Foreign Crusaders in the Commemorations of the Eighth Centenary of the Conquest of Lisbon (1947) – Dr Pedro Alexandre Guerreiro Martins, Instituto de História Contemporânea – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

10.45-11.00 Tea & Coffee

11.00-12.15 Session Two : Appropriating the Crusades in Spanish Conflict

El Romancero de la Guerra de Africa and Other Episodes in Colonial Crusading – Prof Adam Knobler, Ruhr Universität Bochum

From Civil Conflict to Crusade: Mobilization and National Identity in the Spanish Civil War – Dr Mercedes Penalba-Sotorrio, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘We Will Recover Al-Andalus!’ The Reconquista and Its Shaping of Modern Spain – Chloe Riggs, Royal Holloway, University of London

12.15-1.00 Lunch

1.00-14.40 Session Three: Appropriating the Crusades in Britain and the USA in the Twentieth Century

 Crusading for Socialism, Fighting an Anti-Socialist crusade: British Socialism as a Crusade at the Turn of the Twentieth Century – Dr Marcus Morris, Manchester Metropolitan University

Woodrow Wilson’s Crusade for Democracy: Rhetoric and Reality in the Search for World Order – Dr Graham Cross, Manchester Metropolitan University

 Jerusalem Deliveree: the Resonance of the 1917 British Capture of Jerusalem  – Dr Mike Horswell, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Great Crusade: D-Day and the Liberation of Europe in History and Memory’ – Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University

14.40-15.00 Tea & Coffee

15.00-16.40 Session Four: Twenty-First Century Appropriations

The Crusades in the Virtual Universe: an Historiographical Study Through Video Games – Dr Fernando Gil, King’s College, University of London

 Kek Vult: Crusader Imagery and Shared Identity in the Alt-Right –Charlotte Gauthier, Royal Holloway, University of London

 The Modern Arabic Historiography of the Crusades: Reliving the Past – Dr Mona Hammad, Independent Researcher

Islamic State and the Creation of a ‘Crusader’ Narrative – Dr Jason T. Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University

16.40-17.15 Closing Remarks




Lecture, University of Leeds, Wednesday 25 October 2017 (5.15 p.m.)


Dr Thomas W. Smith: Use of the Bible in Papal Letters: Theology and Authority in the Arengae of Honorius III

Biblical quotations and references course through medieval papal letters, especially the opening preambles, known as arengae, which popes used to promulgate their authority and expound their theological understanding of the crusading movement. The value of these preambles was traditionally underestimated as mere rhetoric, and they remain untapped sources that offer unparalleled insights into papal thinking, the self-fashioning of papal identities, and can also be used to reconstruct the content of crusade preaching in the localities. Pursuing the first systematic study of high medieval papal arengae, this paper uses the pontificate of Honorius III (1216-27) as a case study to reveal how arengae can be read and their potential for the study of the papacy and the crusading movement.

Venue: Room 311 School of History, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

The lecture will be followed by a reception to mark the publication of Dr Smith’s new book: Curia and Crusade: Pope Honorius III and the Recovery of the Holy Land, 1216-1227


Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades: Second Symposium

Call for Papers


The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

Manchester Metropolitan University, 9th February 2018

Since the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001, the crusades have come to the fore in political discourse. Modern conflicts between Western powers and predominantly Muslim countries have been packaged as crusades and the western protagonists as crusaders, and quasi-crusader uniforms and names have been appropriated to bolster the idea that participants are involved in just causes. But the modern appropriation of the crusades and their attendant language, motifs, imagery and ideas predates 9/11. The aim of this one-day symposium is to bring together scholars from the fields of modern and medieval history in order to examine the ways in which the crusades have been appropriated throughout the modern period.

We would like to invite 20 minutes papers from postgraduates, ECRc and established scholars work on medieval or modern history, which might cover such topics as (but are not restricted to):

  •  The use of crusading in modern discussion of ISIS and other groups
  •  Crusading in the discourse of Muslim-Non Muslim relations
  •  The use of crusading imagery and rhetoric in modern conflicts such as the First World War, or the Spanish Civil War
  •  The legacy of the crusades in the modern world
  •  The appropriation of the crusades by organisations, political movements, right wing groups or others in the modern era
  •  Employment of crusading imagery and themes in commemorative works, political art and other visual mediums

We also welcome the submission of poster presentations which will be on display at the symposium.

A title and 250 word abstract should be sent to Dr Kathryn Hurlock by 30st November 2017 at Postgraduate speakers and ECRS and warmly encouraged to submit a paper.


Leeds International Medieval Congress, July 2017

The North Network for the Study of the Crusades is sponsoring 8 sessions at the International Medieval Congress this year:

Atlantic Crusades: Crusading Ideas in the European Conquest of the New World(s), 1400-1600 [Session No: 1121]
Crusading Culture in Medieval Britain [Session No: 708]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, I: Women, Children, and the Old [Session No: 1508]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, II: Pagans in Europe [Session No: 1608]
Crusading, Identity, and Otherness, III: Armies, Fleets, and Courts [Session No: 1708]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, I: Crusade Leaders [Session No: 1020]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, II: Islamic Perspectives [Session No: 1120]
Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, III: Narrative Appropriations [Session No: 1220]



Post-Symposium Update!

For a report of the Inaugural Symposium, please go to

Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Inaugural Symposium


Geoffrey Manton LT5, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester

10th February 2017

 10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

 10.30 Keynote Lecture

From Clermont to Mexico: The Changing Goals, Participation and Organisation of Crusading, 11th to 16th Centuries (Alan Murray – Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)

11.30 Session 1

  • Bloodless Turks and Sanguine Crusaders: Racial Diversity in William of Malmesbury’s Account Urban II’s Sermon at Clermont (James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)
  • The Türkmen and the Crusades in Anatolia (Jason Roche, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Session 2

  • The Diverse Portrayals of Richard the Lionheart in Crusade Narratives (Mark McCabe, University of Huddersfield
  • The Non-noble Cavalrymen of the Fourth Crusade: The Role of the Mounted Sergeant (Jack Beaman, The University of Nottingham)

1.00-2.00: Lunch in the Atrium

2.00 Session 3

  • Hiding in plain sight: Providers of medical care during crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095-1274 (Joanna Phillips, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds)
  • Diversifying Christianity in the Crusader States and the ordo(s) of Jerusalem (Adam Simmons, Lancaster University)

Session 4

  • Diverse Articles of Inquiry: Episcopal Censure and the Redemption of English Crusaders (Ian Bass, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Narrative inconsistency in Philippe de Mézières’ accounts of the Alexandria Crusade, 1365 (Timothy Owens, University of St Andrews)

3.30 Roundtable Q&A followed by a Wine Reception

Sponsored by the History Research Centre and the Royal Historical Society

 Attendance is free, but if you wish to book a place please contact Dr Jason Roche by 6 Feb 2017



Call for Papers: Session on Crusader Art at the 4th Forum Medieval Art (Berlin, 20-23 September 2017)

In Search of Crusader Art: Current Approaches and New Perspectives
Organizer: Ioanna Christoforaki (Academy of Athens)Although the concept of crusader art is effortlessly understood by scholars, its precise definition is notoriously elusive. Crusader art has traditionally been described as the figural art and architecture produced for the Crusaders in the Holy Land. The patrons were men and women, laymen as well as clergymen, who arrived to the Holy Land as pilgrims, soldiers, settlers, rulers, or merchants, while the artists were Franks and Italians who were residents in the Outremer, Westerners who travelled to the Latin East, or Eastern Christians who worked for Crusader patrons.In recent decades, however, this conventional definition of crusader art has been challenged. Since it sits on the boundaries of many artistic traditions, its borders have become more porous. The centres of production have shifted beyond the Holy Land, to include places like Cyprus. From Sinai to Cilician Armenia, multifold artistic traditions have converged and numerous people have interacted in the production of what is recognised as crusader art.

The aim of this session is to reflect critically on the limitations of terminology, while addressing issues of artistic transmission across the fluid borderland of the Medieval Mediterranean. It will seek to expand the cultural dialogue between the various religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean, by examining how Islamic, Syrian and Jewish artistic traditions interacted with the Byzantine and Western paradigms. It will attempt to identify the varied forms of crusader art that have emerged in recent years and explore how this revised corpus of crusader material challenges accepted notions. Finally, it will inquire whether crusader art, as an essentially transcultural contact zone, acted as an agent of separation, communication, or convergence.

This session invites papers which re-evaluate traditional approaches to crusader art, artefacts and architecture and seek to re-examine the interplay between material culture, patrons and artists. Participants are expected to explore the artistic interaction between the different ethnic groups in the region and are encouraged to explore a novel approach in defining the notion of crusader art.

Please send your paper proposals of max. 1 page to
Deadline: October 31, 2016


CALL FOR PAPERS – Leeds IMC, July 2017

To see the call for papers, please click here: CFP Leeds 2017 Final


CONFERENCE The Archaeology of the Latin East: A Conference in Honour of Professor Denys Pringle, 16-18 September 2016 (Cardiff)

Programme and registration details now available: