Jonathan Riley-Smith: His Career and Academic Legacy (conference)

Jonathan Riley-Smith: His Career and Academic Legacy (conference)
09 Dec 2017, 09:30 to 09 Dec 2017, 16:45
Conference / Symposium
IHR Wolfson Conference Suite, NB01/NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith (1938-2016) was one of the world’s foremost historians of the crusades. His prolific published output (including What were the Crusades? The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades), along with his fluency and charisma as a teacher and a communicator had an immense impact upon generations of academics, students and media audiences. This event, organised by his former doctoral students, marks both his academic legacy and also casts forwards to discuss some of the work that his ideas are generating. 

By way of introduction the Friday evening lectures will look back at Jonathan’s numerous publications through the eyes of two of his earliest pupils, Professor Peter Edbury and Professor Norman Housley. Saturday will be concerned with present and future research with a series of short presentations and round-table discussions that reflect some of Jonathan’s principal interests. These will focus on the following themes: Motives and Ideology; The Latin East; The Early Modern and the Later Crusades; Teaching and Communication.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Tom Asbridge (Queen Mary, University of London)
  • Dr Myra Bom (Independent Scholar)
  • Dr Judith Bronstein (University of Haifa)
  • Professor Marcus Bull (University of North Carolina)
  • Dr Cass Chideock (Independent Scholar)
  • Professor Peter Edbury (University of Cardiff)
  • Dr Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt (University of Aalborg)
  • Dr Anna Gutgarts (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Professor Norman Housley (University of Leicester)
  • Dr James Naus (Oakland University)
  • Dr Christoph Maier (University of Zurich)
  • Dr Chris Marshall (Independent Scholar)
  • Dr Gregory O’Malley (Independent Scholar)
  • Dr Aphrodite Papayianni (Birkbeck University, London)
  • Dr Nicholas Paul (Fordham University, New York)
  • Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Dr William Purkis (Birmingham University)
  • Dr Rebecca Rist (University of Reading)
  • Dr Jochen Schenk (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Elizabeth Siberry (Independent Scholar)
  • Dr Caroline Smith (Fordham University, New York)

Provisional conference programme 

Advance registration for this conference is required

Conference Fees (includes lunch and refreshments)
  • General Admission: £10.00
  • Students: £5.00

All enquiries for this conference should be directed to Judith Bronstein
If you would like to attend the opening lecture on Friday 8 December at 6.30pm- then a separate registration is required on the lecture event page


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