IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 501: Teaching the Crusades

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:HEA Subject Centre for History, Classics & Archaeology
Organisers:Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Jason T. Roche, School of History, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chairs:Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Jason T. Roche, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 501-a'The Christian glories in the death of the pagan': Crusading Piety and the 21st-Century Student
(Language: English)
Patrick J. F. Parsons, Department of Adult & Continuing Education (DACE), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Crusades, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 501-bTeaching the Prosopography of Crusades
(Language: English)
Kathryn Hurlock, Department of History- Politics and Philosophy- Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Crusades, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 501-cTheory and the Teaching of Crusades
(Language: English)
Conor Kostick, School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Crusades, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

The crusades are often viewed as ’emotive, controversial, and difficult’ to teach based on assumptions and misconceptions of what crusades actually were, who went on crusade, and causes of crusade. Undergraduates often have (mis)-perceptions of the crusades and crusading ideals based on popular culture and films, media, and their exposure (or lack thereof) to this subject. This session brings together early career academics who have done ground breaking research in this field and/or have taught this subject in schools or at university. It will introduce innovative and alternative approaches to teaching an often complex and challenging period of medieval history.