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Michael Sanders


Degree: PhD (Medieval Concentration)

Research Interests: My research revolves around the interactions of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the late Middle Ages, particularly on the Iberian peninsula.  This interest includes a variety of topics, including the crusades, mendicant missionaries, and Ramon Llull-a Majorcan philosopher who wrote hundreds of volumes about spreading the Christian faith.

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

Awards and Scholarships:
Bennett Assistantship, Fordham University, 2015-16
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

“Late Medieval Mediterranean Apocalypticism: Joachimist Ideas in Ramon Llull’s Crusade Treatises,” The Hilltop Review 7, no. 2 (2015): 30-45.

“Mission and Crusade in the Life and Works of Ramon Llull (1232-1316): Papers in Honor of the Seventh-Hundredth Anniversary of His Death,” session organizer, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 12-15, 2016.
“Chasing a Phantasticus: Ramon Llull's Crusade Treatises in the Context of the Late Medieval Mediterranean World,” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8-11, 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