Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades Third Annual Symposium – deadline 7 December 2018

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Date(s) - 22 February
All day


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.

Location: University of Huddersfield