Call For Papers: Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, Fourth Biennial Conference

Discussion published by John McCallum on Monday, March 6, 2023

[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Call for Papers: Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, Fourth Biennial Conference 

Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, 27-28 June 2023 

Extended deadline, revised dates and medieval music performance now confirmed! The new abstract deadline is Monday 27th March 2023.

We would like to encourage proposals for papers at the fourth biennial conference held by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict at NTU. The centre aims to increase understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation, impact and historiography of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods. Papers can address conflicts which relate to religion across military engagements but are also encouraged to consider social, political, cultural and economic aspects to religious conflict, exploring concepts of race, gender and colonialism, and focusing on Medieval and Early Modern global contexts (broadly defined). New approaches, interdisciplinary methodologies and digital approaches are also welcomed.

Keynote speakers: Professor Bridget Heal (St Andrews), Dr Stephen Spencer (Northeastern University London)

Our previous conferences have established networking links with scholars and students who investigate the role of religion and conflicts with different faiths, confessions and heterodox groups, so that comparisons may contribute towards the development of new definitions and paradigms for understanding the roles played by belief in national, communal and inter-personal conflict. We aim to publish an edited collection, previous titles include Miracles, Political Authority and Violence in Medieval and Early Modern History and Religion and Conflict in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds: Identities, Communities and Authorities. For more details see Routledge’s Themes in Medieval and Early Modern history series.

The conference will incorporate a broad chronological spectrum from medieval to early modern with a view to developing current research, sharing techniques, investigating new approaches and enhancing study in the wider field. It will include two keynotes and a public lecture, and panels of academic papers presented in a workshop format. Papers can relate to any aspect of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods, broadly defined, and to any geographical location(s). Postgraduate and ECR applicants are particularly welcome.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should consist of a title plus 200-word abstract, and be emailed to, by Monday 27th March 2023.  


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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