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Michael Sanders

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Degree: PhD (Medieval Concentration)

Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Paul

Research Interests: My works concerns interfaith relations and the political culture of the late medieval Iberian Peninsula. I am most interested in the iter per Hispaniam, the ways that ecclesiastical and secular leaders constructed identity and authority by connecting Iberia with the Holy Land.

MA, History, Western Michigan University, 2015.
BA, History and English, Saint Vincent College, 2010.

Awards and Scholarships:
Renaissance Society of America Fellowship, Fordham University, July 2019-July 2020, for work as Book Reviews Manager of the Renaissance Quarterly academic journal
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellowship, Fordham University, January 2018-May 2019, for HIST 1300 Understanding Historical Change: Medieval Europe
American Catholic Historical Association Assistantship, Fordham University, 2017, for work with the ACHA Treasurer
Richard and Eileen Bennett Assistantship Supplement, Fordham University, August 2016-Fall 2019
Hilltop Review Award, Third Place Paper, Spring 2015
Department Research and Creative Activity Award at the Master’s Level, Western Michigan University, 2014-15
Nora Faires Research and Travel Award, Western Michigan University History Graduate Students Organization, 2013
Support for Research and Travel Award, Western Michigan University History Department, 2013

With David Howes, “An Indulgence with William of Adam, Archbishop of Antivari and Author of How to Defeat the Saracens,” The Crusader States, posted February 2019,
“Late Medieval Mediterranean Apocalypticism: Joachimist Ideas in Ramon Llull’s Crusade Treatises,” The Hilltop Review 7, no. 2 (2015): 30-45.

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI:
“Between Reconquest and Crusade: Late Medieval Crusade Planners’ Iter per Hispaniam” (2019)
“Forgotten Roads to Jerusalem: Examining the Iberian Context of Garcías de Ayerbe and His Informatio alia de pertinentibus ad passagium” (2018)
“Mission and Crusade in the Life and Works of Ramon Llull (1232-1316): Papers in Honor of the Seventh-Hundredth Anniversary of His Death” (organized in 2016)
“Chasing a Phantasticus: Ramon Llull’s Crusade Treatises in the Context of the Late Medieval Mediterranean World” (2014)
“The Geography of Later Crusades: Ramon Llull’s Routes to the Holy Land,” 2nd Annual Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium Conference: The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, February 28-March 1, 2014
“An Attempt at Better Understanding Tolerance in Medieval Iberia: Examining Ramon Llull’s Liber de fine,” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, March 22, 2013