E-mail voting for president of the Society ended on 10 June. We have waited five more days for possible arrival of postal votes that had a clear mark of having been sent before that deadline. After the recount, the results are the following:
Nominal electors (members having paid dues for 2015 or 2016): 301
Voters: 47 (16% of electors)
Distribution of votes:
Adrian Boas: 25 votes (53% of votes)
Kurt Villads Jensen: 22 votes (47% of votes)
Accordingly, the new the President of the Society is Professor Adrian Boas.
We all wish him luck and remain at his service.
With our best wishes,
Bernard Hamilton, President of SSCLE
March 16, 2016
Dear members of the SSCLE,
Article 6 a) of the Constitution states that the Officers of the Society, the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor of the Bulletin, Webmaster and Officer for Postgraduate Members, shall each be elected for a term of four years.
Article 6 a) of the Constitution of the Society also states that the maximum term which any Officer may serve is eight years (i.e. they may only be re-elected once after their first four year term.) Three officers (the President, the Secretary, and the Bulletin Editor) have been in their posts since 2008 and so nominations of new candidates for those posts are required.
The Treasurer, Dr. Nicholas Morton, who with the agreement of the Committee, volunteered to take over that post as an emergency appointment when our previous Treasurer, Dr. Jon Porter, retired in the spring of 2015, has signified his willingness to stand for election this year.
The two other Officers, the Webmaster, Professor Thomas Madden, and the Officer for Postgraduate Members, Professor Jonathan Phillips, have completed their first four years in office and are eligible for re-election.
Members may, of course, nominate new candidates to any of those three offices if they wish.
Nominations for the appointment of new officers, or the re-election of existing officers, should be proposed and seconded by two members of the Society and be countersigned by the nominee, confirming that he/she is willing to stand. They should be sent to the President (Bernard Hamilton – email@example.com) and to the Secretary (Luis García-Guijarro – firstname.lastname@example.org) -to both of them- on or before Saturday April 30th. .Members without access to IT may submit their nominations by post (the President’s and the Secretary’s addresses can be found in the latest Bulletin). Any proposal which arrives later than Aptil 30th will not be considered.
The President and Secretary will then draw up the lists of candidates and circulate voting papers to all the paid-up membership by Tuesday May 10.
Voting papers must be returned to the Secretary by Friday 10 June.
The President and the Secretary will make a joint announcement of the results to all members by June 20th.
With my very best wishes,
Secretary of the SSCLE
February 15, 2016
2016 DUES NOTICE
Dear colleagues and members,
Subscriptions to the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East for 2016 are now due. Payment entitles each member a copy of the SSCLE Bulletin #36, which contains reports concerning the society and a list of members with their contact information and activities, including recently published books and articles, papers read at conferences, dissertations in progress and indications of on-going research. If you also elect to purchase a copy of Crusades (Vol. 15 for 2016), the SSCLE’s refereed journal with articles and book reviews of interest to members, your copy of Bulletin #36 will be bound within its pages.
Further information can be found on the website at "Become a Member" or by downloading the Dues Notice.
October 29, 2015
ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK SERIES ON MILITARY RELIGIOUS ORDERS
April 30, 2015
A LETTER FROM THE TREASURER
Dear Fellow Members,
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself to you as the new treasurer of the SSCLE. I took up this post about three weeks ago from the previous incumbent Jon Porter. Many of you will know me, but for those who don't, I am a lecturer in history at Nottingham Trent University (UK) and my research interests focus predominantly on the history of the military orders. My major publications are listed below my signature at the foot of this email.
Please find the SSCLE membership form (dues notice) for this present year by clicking "Become a Member" on the sidebar to the left. We are asking for all these forms to be returned to us by 1 June 2015 at the latest. Later forms will be accepted but we cannot guarantee your inclusion in the SSCLE bulletin. I would also like to draw your attention to the following additional points regarding this year’s SSCLE membership form.
1. The cost of membership has changed slightly, particularly for members paying in dollars and euros, to reflect changes in the exchange rate. If you pay by standing order then you may need to adjust your payment. If you have already paid in advance for several years of membership then we will not require further monies for any years for which you have already made payment, but it would be useful if you could confirm that you have done this so that I can update my records accordingly.
2. If possible we would prefer members to make payment electronically, but if you do so please can you include on your membership form the payment reference so that I can identify your payment clearly.
3. If, in conversation with other members, it transpires that another member has not received their membership form for any reason then please could you direct them to the SSCLE website where the correct form can be downloaded.
I will look forward to receiving your responses. If you have any questions or queries then I would be happy to receive them.
Dr Nicholas Morton
MAE Rm 316
School of Arts and Humanities
Nottingham Trent University
Tel. 0115 848 3066.
February 9, 2014
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow Members,
I very much regret that there was a delay in producing volume 12 of Crusades and No. 33 of the Society's Bulletin for 2013. Unfortunately there have also been some technical problems in transmitting the list of subscribers to the publishers. You may already have received your copies, but if not you should do so within the next two weeks.
However, If you have paid your dues from 2013 and your copy of the Journal and Bulletin, (or of the Bulletin alone if you do not subscribe to the Journal), has not reached you by Monday 24 February will you please notify Professor Adrian Boas - email@example.com - and he will send a consolidated list to Ashgate Publishers to ask them to forward your copies to you. Professor Boas has kindly agreed to take on the duties of Membership Secretary in the coming year to assist the Treasurer in his work. I am very grateful to him for his willingness to help.
Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience which you may have been caused.
With my cordial good wishes,
December 20, 2013
AHRC funding for UK/EU Arts and Humanities research students
Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
Invitation for applications to “The Centre for the Study of Religion and Confict”, History and Heritage, Nottingham Trent University
The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the Arts and Humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between Nottingham Trent, Nottingham, Birmingham, Birmingham City, Leicester and De Montfort universities, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision, including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.
Within the framework of this program, the History and Heritage team at Nottingham Trent is inviting applications for PhD studentships focusing on subjects germane to the work of its Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict. We would very much welcome applications in any areas relating to religion and conflict, which can pertain to ideological and social as well as military matter. Our members have expertise in the Crusades and the Military Orders; Reformations and Confessional societies; the Conquest of the New World and Seventeenth Century Britain. Topics might relate to, for instance:
• Religion and Warfare
• Religion and conflict in social environments and networks
• The ideology and discourse of religious conflicts
• Gender and religious conflict
• Institutions and religious conflict
We would also like to receive applications from candidates interested in exploring philosophical, pedagogical and historiographical issues relating to religion and violence. For more information about the Centre its current projects and members, please visit:
If you would like further information on these funding opportunities, please visit:
contact Dr. Natasha Hodgson (firstname.lastname@example.org )
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for the current round of applications is 9th Jan 2014
October 23, 2013
Announcing a New Series: Rulers of the Latin East
Editors: Dr Nicholas Morton, Professor Jonathan Phillips
Academics concerned with the history of the crusades and the Latin East will be familiar with the various survey histories that have been produced for this fascinating topic. Many historians have published wide-ranging texts that either seek to make sense of the strange phenomenon that was the crusades or which shed light upon the Christian territories of the Latin East. Such panoramic works have helped to generate enormous interest in this subject, but they can only take their readers so far. Works addressing the lives of individual rulers -whether kings, queens, counts, princes or patriarchs- are less common and yet are needed if we are to achieve a more detailed understanding of this period.
Thus this series intends to address this need by stimulating a collection of political biographies upon the men and women who ruled the Latin East. These will focus in detail upon the evolving political events of this period, whilst shedding light upon more thematic issues such as: gender and marriage, intellectual life, kingship and governance, military history and Christian/Islamic relations. Historians interested in writing a monograph for this series are invited to produce a written proposal. This could be for a work upon an individual ruler, lay or ecclesiastical, or, if the sources are insufficient, for a group of rulers. To take one instance, little evidence has survived for some of the counts of Tripoli (for example) and so it might be more appropriate to study them as a group. The editors are also prepared to consider proposals for histories of leading noble families or more thematic works on aspects of kingship and rule in the Latin East.
For more information about the series, please contact: email@example.com
October 15, 2013
The website for the Montfort Castle Project, sponsored by the SSCLE is now live!
September 3, 2013
The Crusades Studies Forum at Saint Louis University is pleased to announce its Fall 2013 Schedule. It can be found at http://crusades.slu.edu.
August 22, 2013
The SSCLE is sponsoring sessions at the 2014 Leeds conference on the theme of Crusade and Empire.
Crusade and Empire
The general theme for the International Medieval Congress in Leeds 2014 is Empire. This may be an incentive to investigate more closely the relation between crusading and empire, from different perspectives.
The engagement in crusading of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries has been studied and commented upon both by historians working on crusading and by historians working on the Empire. This engagement was considered of immense importance by medieval contemporaries, but it was often complicated: it ‘came late’ or ‘did not conform’ to general papal policies, according to many modern interpretations. A number of issues, however, still deserves to be more fully explored; for example, whether it was more difficult for the German emperors to engage in crusading than for other European rulers; or to what extent crusading can be considered a part of imperial policy; or how crusading was adopted as a means of imperial expansion in other areas than the Middle East; or how imperial authority was strengthened by the tradition that former emperors had been protectors of Jerusalem; or from the apocalyptic tradition of the Emperor of the Last Days.
When considering this theme it should also be remembered that Crusading was of importance for several other empires in the middle ages, most notably the Byzantine empire, but also for the Spanish twelfth-century Castilian empire, for what later historians have labelled the ‘Baltic Empire’ of Scandinavian rulers in the thirteenth century, as well as for the late medieval Holy Roman Empire.
Sessions on Crusading and Empire will be sponsored by the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. It is an organisation with c. 500 members worldwide, which has organised numerous international congresses, and has mounted sessions in Leeds every year.
We would kindly invite you to submit session proposals for Crusading and Empire for the conference in Leeds in 2014. A session lasts 90 minutes and should normally comprise three papers, each of 20 minutes. Presentations are not automatically published afterwards, but organisers of sessions may invite participants to publish their papers if they form contributions to a coherent volume.
The deadline for submitting session proposals is 30 September.
Submit at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2014_call.html
If you have any queries, please do contact Kurt Villads Jensen on firstname.lastname@example.org
With kind regards,
Kurt Villads Jensen, Dr.Phil., University of Southern Denmark
Member of the
Organising Committee of the International Medieval Congress and
Conference Secretary of the Society for the Study of the Crusades
and the Latin East
August 20, 2013
The report for the conference, Power Manifest, is now available here.
August 16, 2013
The Call for Papers for the Third International Symposium on Crusade Studies in Saint Louis, Missouri is now online.
March 4, 2013
A special discount of 90 € is granted to members of the SSCLE for the publication of our colleague, Claude Mutafian, L'Arménie du Levant, XIe-XIVe siècles, Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 2012, 2 vol. , Hardback, 732 p. (text) + 412 p. (maps and illustrations, index, etc.), two volumes bound in jacket, inserted in a box.
• 230 color illustrations
• 74 cards
• 84 genealogies
• An index and a glossaryISBN : 978-2-251-44425-3
To order use the form here.
January 18, 2013
January 18, 2013
The Crusades Studies Forum at Saint Louis University is pleased to announce its Spring 2013 schedule. Speakers this semester include Michael Lower (University of Minnesota). For more information see http://crusades.slu.edu.