Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image and Identity

28th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: March 29-30, 2008

Conference Aims: Few events in European history generated as many textual, artistic, and intellectual responses as the conquest of Jerusalem by the armies of the First Crusade in 1099. This expedition, and those that followed it, were resonant events which became inscribed in the collective memory of communities directly or indirectly affected by the crusades, whether in Europe, Byzantium, North Africa, or the Near East. 

This conference aims to spotlight new directions in the study of the crusades and the perception of the past in medieval societies by including papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The papers focus in particular on: (1) the memorialization (or suppression) of individuals or events associated with the crusades by contemporary observers and subsequent generations; (2) the negotiation and production of crusading images and memories; and (3) the role of these images and memories in shaping both the crusading movement itself and the identities of communities affected by crusading.

 

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