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CFP: From Heraclius to Urban II: Trends and Themes in Medieval Christian Holy War

Submission deadline: February 27, 2015

Conference date(s):
May 1, 2015

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Conference Venue:

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom


Conveners: James Kane, Sam Ottewill-Soulsby and Robert Evans

Christian Holy War has long exercised medieval historians. Research has traditionally focused upon the distinctiveness of Crusading (set apart from earlier Christian warfare) and the teleological development of previous centuries of holy war culminating in the Crusades. This symposium aims to restore earlier religious military conflicts to the discussion in their own right and address problems with defining Holy War.

Participants are encouraged to be broad in their papers. In particular, we welcome papers discussing wide chronological and geographical subjects or comparing themes in different contexts. Topics may include, but are not limited to: the depiction of Christian Holy War in historical, religious, philosophical or legal texts; or in images and art; the justification and refutation of Holy War in contemporary sources; the intersection between politics, ethnicity and Holy War; and local conceptualisations of Holy War. Participants are also welcome to consider the role of modern scholarship in the ‘creation’ of Medieval Christian Holy War.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Professor John France (Swansea). Proposals are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral students. Accommodation and travel expenses for speakers will be provided. This conference will take place over one day at the University of Cambridge. Interested parties should send an abstract of 200-300 words for a thirty-minute paper to The deadline for proposals is 27th February 2015.

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