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22nd February 2023

University of Leicester

Leicester Innovation Hub, 128 Regent Road

Friday 24th March 2023

This year's symposium seeks to provide a platform for comparative discussions on the primary sources we work with in our research. Each participant provides a primary source along with a brief commentary. Sessions open with short introductions of the sources followed by open discussion.

Primary sources for discussion can take the form of texts (up to 1000 words), ideally in both original language and translation, or a selection of images. Pre-existing editions and translations can be used - the symposium 'reader' will only be available to participants.

We especially encourage participation by postgraduate research students and early career researchers. Participation is free and travel and accommodation bursaries are available for participants without sources of funding.

The symposium will take place in hybrid format for those wishing to participate online, but we hope you can join us in person.

To register, please contact Dr Jan Vandeburie with a brief note on the primary source you would like to bring for discussion and your research focus by Friday 3rd March.

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4th September 2022

Following fruitful discussions and expressions of interest at the Society for the Study of the Crusades and Latin East Conference (27th June - 1st July 2022), the NNSC and the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict (NTU) are pleased to announce the creation of the Digital History and New Directions in Crusade Studies Network with the following Call for Papers:

Leeds IMC July 2023

Specific thematic strand: 'Networks and Entanglements'

Our aim is to bring together individuals and groups to discuss and showcase cutting-edge historical research that incorporates digital methods, tools, and resources to survey, visualise, and analyse networks and entanglements in all of their variety as they relate to the history of the crusades and associated fields of enquiry.

Researchers at all stages of their careers and institutional affiliations are encouraged to send proposals, which should include a title and abstract of c. 300 words, together with your name and institutional affiliation. All IMC sessions come with a PC/laptop, data projector, and internet access as standard. Please list any additional equipment required for your presentation. All papers presented should last for no more than 20 minutes.

Please email your proposal to Dr Jason T. Roche at (Manchester Metropolitan University) and/or Dr Natasha Hodgson at (Nottingham Trent University) by 16th September 2022.

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10th April 2022

This is a Call for Papers for the NNSC Fifth Annual Symposium to be held at Nottingham Trent University on Friday 27th May 2022.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers from postgraduate, ECR and established scholars from the fields of history, literature, art history, archaeology, music or any other relevant discipline. The NNSC links together scholars working on all aspects of the Crusades in the Midlands and the North of England but proposals are welcomed from anyone currently working on a related topic. Pending any future coronavirus restrictions, it is envisaged that this will be an in-person event hosted at Nottingham Trent University in the UK with a view to offering opportunities to scholars, ECRs and PhD students to develop their in-person presentation skills and network with each other, though there may be options for online provision. Postgraduate students and academics who are developing papers for future conferences are welcome to attend and present working papers in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Papers may consider any aspect or area of crusading activity, with a special emphasis on those which explore the Mediterranean settings of crusading activity, whether contributing to or impacted by crusading across any chronological or geographical field of enquiry.

Themes could include but are not limited to:

• New encounters and interactions with cultures and societies.

• Crossing or living in border and frontier zones both real and imagined.

• Narratives of invasion, conquest, and displacement.

• Diplomacy, communication between peoples, borders, languages.

• Environmental cultures: impacts of and recovery from natural and human-generated crises.

• Belonging, exclusion and marginalisation, gender and identity.

• Performance and memory of crusading in Mediterranean contexts.

• Material evidence and culture.

• Travel by land and sea, migration, trade, slavery, pilgrimage, and cross-cultural interaction.

Proposals should include a title and abstract of c.200 words, together with your name, institutional affiliation, and email address to by Friday 22nd April 2022.

Please also list any additional equipment required for your presentation. All papers presented should last for no more than 20 minutes.

This NNSC event will be co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at NTU.

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20th January 2022

The NNSC and the Leicester Medieval Research Centre have organised a virtual roundtable discussion on the topic of Slavery and Slave Trade in the Later Medieval Mediterranean. The session, chaired by Professor Norman Housley, will take place 25th January at 5pm GMT.

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18th January 2022

The Hungary in Medieval Europe Research Group at the Department of History, University of Debrecen, the Centre for the History of Society and Culture (CHSC) of the University of Coimbra and the Histoire et Cultures de l’Antiquité et du Moyen Âge (HiscAnt-MA) Laboratoire of the University of Lorraine are pleased to announce that the interdisciplinary conference on Mercenaries and Crusaders (1202-1480s) will take place 22nd-24th June 2022, at the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

The organisers encourage thematic panels, but individual papers may also be submitted. Each paper – in a panel or independently – will be of a duration of 20 minutes. Panels preferably consisting of three to four papers should ideally include a brief 5-minute introductory presentation of their theme and rationale. All sessions will be followed by a brief discussion.

The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2022. To submit, follow the link below.

Due to the pandemic, the University of Debrecen might consider applications for online presentations.

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8th November 2021

The NNSC's seminar series is continuing with a new seminar on 17th November, featuring papers from Adam Simmons and Philip Booth.

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29th July 2021

The NNSC is organising a strand of papers at the Leeds International Medieval Congress of July 2022. To this end, we have issued a Call for Papers of approximately 20 minutes in length. The special focus of the session will be Borders; political, military, spiritual, or otherwise.

Proposals must include a title and abstract of 300 words, as well as your name and institutional affiliation. Please email your proposal to by Friday 17th September 2021.

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2nd July 2021

The Conflict on Crusade online conference, organised by Michael S. Fulton and Heather Crowley, is running from 3rd to 6th August via Zoom. The NNSC has collaborated to organise the panel for the last day, featuring papers from Giampiero Bagni, Louis Pulford, and Thomas Brosset. Each day will feature an hour and a half panel at 5PM British time.

"Hostile encounters were a fundamental component of the crusades in the Latin East. Combatants strategized, confronted, and defended against their opponents, often recording their military endeavours in writing or, occasionally, within the landscape itself. This virtual conference will investigate key components of conflict in the Latin East, including military strategies, physical and mental experiences of violence, as well as surviving material remains."

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6th May 2021

After a break for Easter, our seminar series will resume on 12th May with presentations from Megan Cassidy-Welch, Emily Abercrombie, and Stephen Spencer.

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2nd March 2021

The third session of the NNSC's seminar series will be on 11th March. This session will feature presentations from Holly Dempster-Edwards and Niall Christie.

Furthermore, a recording of the previous seminar is available on the site's Useful Resources page.

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26th January 2021

The next session of the NNSC's seminar series will be on 11th February. This session will focus on the Mongols and Turks, featuring presentations from Yoni Brack, Nic Morton, and Luke Quinn.

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12th January 2021

The 2021 Seminar Series of the Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades will get underway on 14th January, and we are delighted to announce that we have an exciting line-up. In our first session, Dr Nicholas L. Paul (winner of the Medieval Academy of America’s John Nicholas Brown Book Prize for his first monograph) will present work drawn from his ground-breaking new project on the performance of crusader status, and Louis Pulford will discuss his fascinating PhD research.

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