Fully-funded PhD at Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (School of Arts and Humanities) is offering a fully funded PhD studentship for a project relating to “Religion and Conflict in the Age of the Crusades” supervised by Dr Nicholas Morton and Dr Natasha Hodgson. Details of this opportunity are shown below. If you are interested in applying then please look at the application guidance and other information available on the Nottingham Trent website.


The deadline is: 9 December 12PM


Dr Nicholas Morton/Dr Natasha Hodgson – Religion and Conflict in the age of the Crusades, 1050-1400

For informal discussion regarding the project, please contact:



The supervisory team welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in researching aspects of the Crusading Movement in Europe and/or the Medieval Near East over a range of geographical areas from the eleventh to fourteenth centuries. The PhD project will be attached to the newly established Centre for Religion and Conflict (Medieval and Early Modern) at NTU, thus projects relating to religion and/or conflict will take precedence, though these aspects can be interpreted broadly. Our definition of ‘conflict’ can pertain to ideological and/or social themes as well as military matters. Topics might relate to, for instance: Religion and Warfare; Religion and conflict in social environments and networks; The ideology and discourse of religious conflict; Gender and religious conflict; Institutions and religious conflict; Philosophical, pedagogical and historiographical issues relating to religion and conflict. The supervisory team for this project have specialist expertise in relation to the Crusades in the following areas: social history, women, gender (masculinities and femininities), religion/ideology, identity, memory, historical writing, prosopography and databases, economics and trade, material culture, cross-cultural interactions, and military/political history including institutions such as the military orders. We would be particularly interested to receive a proposal for a topic with a strong inter-disciplinary focus. Projects could focus upon a range of different societies/peoples embraced by these parameters including: Byzantium, the Crusader States, Armenians, Seljuks, Arabs and Fatimids as well as minority groups in the Near East. Studies can also focus on Western Europe in relation to the development, composition, execution and impact of crusading expeditions. We are prepared to consider proposals concerned with crusading on other frontiers, such as the Baltic, Iberia, Frankish Greece and the anti-heresy campaigns, as long as students can provide evidence of familiarity with relevant languages (where necessary). Projects concerning individual texts or collections and material culture are also welcome. We are particularly interested in topics which have clear potential for future publications and/or digital outputs, impact and public engagement. Proposals should reflect a strong understanding of the historiography surrounding the chosen topic, sufficient to be able to explain why the proposed project would be both viable and original. They should also give an indication of prospective methodologies and knowledge of the primary sources available to undertake the study. Entry Criteria

Applicants should have:

1. UK 1st Class (or UK equivalent according to Naric) honours degree (or equivalent – a 2:1 is acceptable provided that the candidate achieved a ‘distinction’ at MA level) and an MA (or equivalent) in History (or an equally relevant field).

2. Language skills relevant to your project proposal. Applicants should have a familiarity with at least one of the following medieval languages: Old French, Latin, Arabic, or Greek. It would also be an advantage to have some facility with as many of the following contemporary languages as possible: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic (or others where appropriate).

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