IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1748: Engaging the Crusades, III: Weaponizing the Crusades

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Routledge
Organiser:Kristin Skottki, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Moderator/Chairs:Kristin Skottki, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Susanna A. Throop, University of Cambridge
Paper 1748-aAcademic Histories of the Crusades and the 21st-Century Debate about Religious Violence
(Language: English)
John D. Cotts, Department of History, Whitman College, Washington
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1748-bHow Do We Engage the Crusades?: Reflections on Teaching, Studying, and Writing the Crusades in 2018
(Language: English)
Susanna A. Throop, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

If a medieval phenomenon like the crusades must be understood by reconsidering its later representations, it may prove helpful to examine the ways in which people have actively engaged with perceptions of the crusades and ideas of crusading. This will also be a chance to deal with the question of how representations of the crusades relate to the mobilisation of crusading ideology and practice today. This session responds to the ways in which crusading is employed for deadly purpose in the modern world by highlighting the entanglement of political ends and academic (and popular) representations of the crusades, and considering how we teach, study and write about a medieval phenomenon in 2018.