IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 643: The Memory of the Crusades, II: National Memories, Crusading Projections

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Routledge
Organiser:Mike Horswell, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chairs:Kristin Skottki, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Susanna A. Throop, University of Cambridge
Paper 643-a'An episode of the Crusades'?: Historiographical Debates on the Role of the Crusading Idea in the Formation of Portugal, c. 1915-1947
(Language: English)
Pedro Alexandre Guerreiro Martins, Instituto de História Contemporânea, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 643-bCrusade and the New Nationalism in France, 2002-2018
(Language: English)
Charlotte Gauthier, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 643-cIslamic State and the Appropriation of the Crusades
(Language: English)
Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

The Crusades are generally understood as a genuine ‘medieval’ phenomenon. But the Crusades have also formed an important part of various societies’ collective memories over the centuries since their initiation. Taking into consideration insights from studies of medievalism, a medieval phenomenon like the crusades may only thoroughly be understood by also reconsidering its later representations, re-readings and receptions; differing forms of remembrance, for example. This session examines how memories of the Crusades have been employed for contemporary, often nationalistic, ends in contemporary France, in the creation of the idea of a crusading Portugal, and in the rhetoric of so-called Islamic State’s attempts to build a new Caliphate.