Posted on 20/06/2012
RHUL PhD student Thomas Smith was one of the convenors of the recent Contextualising the Fifth Crusade colloquium held at the University of Kent on 13-14 April 2012, which hosted twenty-two speakers from eleven different countries, including keynotes by Professor Bernard Hamilton (Nottingham), Professor Peter Edbury (Cardiff), and Dr Alan Murray (Leeds). The colloquium contributed to recent new directions in crusades studies, bringing together an international group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are researching different aspects of the crusading movement around the time of the Fifth Crusade. Building on its success, the colloquium organisers aim to establish a long-term research network on every aspect of crusading in the first half of the thirteenth century, and especially on the Fifth Crusade. Updates will be posted through the colloquium website on the aftermath of the conference, future events and the forthcoming volume of proceedings (end of 2013) http://contextualisingthe5thcrusade.wordpress.com/.
The conference was generously supported by funding from: Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of History; University of Leeds; University of Kent, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KIASH); and School of History and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Ashgate Publishing; Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East; Royal Historical Society; Cathedral Gate Hotel; and Canterbury Visitor Centre.
The other colloquium organisers were Liz Mylod (University of Leeds), Dr Guy Perry (University of Leeds) and Jan Vandeburie (University of Kent).