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CFP: The Modern Appropriation of the Crusades

Submission deadline: November 30, 2017

Conference date(s):
February 9, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, United Kingdom

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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.

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