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After Wars

“Holy War in the Middle Ages” will focus on one of the Middle Ages’ central historical problems: the character of religious violence and its effects on cultural developments in both Europe and the Middle East. Our primary focus will be the crusade movement, which began in the late eleventh century and continued into the fourteenth century and arguably beyond. The Frankish-Muslim wars for control of Jerusalem by itself is a massive topic, but recent crusade scholarship has drawn into its orbit the so-called Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula; wars between Normans, Greeks, and Muslims for control of Sicily; internal campaigns against heresy in Europe; European missionary movements into the Mongol Empire; and religious violence and persecution more broadly construed. “Holy War in the Middle Ages” thus will address the traditional narrative of the crusades (beginning with Urban II’s declaration of war for Jerusalem in 1095 and continuing to the Fall of Acre in 1291) but will add broader theoretical considerations into the mix as well. Our fundamental question will be, "How does war change when God says that killing is not just acceptable but by itself virtuous?"

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    General Meeting
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
    12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    Visiting Distinguished Scholar Sergio La Porta, California State University, Fresno
    Discussion on an article by Matthew of Edessa
    Lecture at different venue to follow
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall(second floor)
    Discussion of an article by Lee Manion entitled "The Loss of the Holy Land and Sir Isubras Literary Contributions to Fourteenth-Century Crusade Discourse"
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    Presentation of work by Graduate Student Jeremy Pearson
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    4:00 p.m.
    E102 Melrose Hall
    Dr. Sidney Lu
    Assistant Professor of History
    University of Tennessee Chattanooga,

    "Colonizing Hokkaido and the Origin of Japanese Colonial Expansion and Trans-Pacific migration, 1869-1894."
  • Monday, March 30, 2015
    4:00 p.m.
    Haslam Business Bldg., Room 303
    Carol Lilly

    Professor of History and Director of International Studies
    University of Nebraska Kearney

    "What Did They Die For?: Grave Markers from the Wars of Yugoslav Dissolution in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, 1991-1995"
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    12:00 p.m.
    Dr. Michael McConnell
    Lecturer, Department of History
    "'Bandit Country': Nazi Security Violence between East and West, 1939-1945"
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    12:00 p.m.
    Dr. Thomas Lecaque
    Lecturer, Department of History
    "Marching to Apocalypse: The Provencal First Crusade, the Cult of the Holy Lance, and Apocalyptic Anxiety during the Siege of Jerusalem in 1099"
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    3:00 p.m.
    Professor Dovile Budryte
    Georgia Gwinnett College
    "Gendered Aspects of Irregular Wars and Related Memories"
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Professor Alison Vacca, Department of History, leads discussion of research implications of Michael Bonner's Jihad in Islamic History 
  • Monday, April 25, 2016
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Professor Martin Griffin
    Department of English
    "Easter 1916 – Poetry, Rebellion, and Conformity in Irish Memory"

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