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Art of the Crusades

Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation

International Research Programme

An International Research Seminar Programme for Young and Early Career Academics Looking at Mediaeval Art and Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean

Funded by the Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Programme

A two year research seminar programme for young and early career researchers into the art and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean entitled Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation. 

Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation is a research seminar programme lasting two years from 2015 to 2016. During that time its participants will be attending four one week seminar and research events in Greece, Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

Led by Professor Scott Redford, Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London, Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation will use various techniques developed by archaeologists and art historians to study the connections between Islamic, Christian, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region during the Middle Ages. The project aims to re-examine the period to consider some of the ways in which these different groups interacted and influenced each other.

On each research seminar trip the participants will hear lectures from leading academics on the art and archaeology of this period in the region, participate in seminars and visit key historical museums and sites of interest. In many cases they will gain unique access to areas not normally seen by members of the general public.

It is hoped this will allow us to consider the exciting possibility of a new approach to the various ethnic, religious, social and cultural groups that existed in the region at that time by taking as account of their interaction and similarities as much as any hostility and difference.

Keep up to date on the latest developments in this project by visiting our group blog site where the members of the group discuss their experiences, discoveries and ideas.

Organisers and Partners


  • The Getty Foundation

Lead Academic Organiser

  • Prof. Scott Redford, Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, UK.

Academic Readers

  • Prof. Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Emeritus Professor, Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, UK.
  • Prof. Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.
  • Prof. Eva Hoffman, School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, Medford, USA.
  • Prof. Robert Ousterhout, Director of the Center for Ancient Studies, The University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Dr. Edna Stern, Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel.

Selected Participants

  • Anthi Andronikou - University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
  • Suna Cagaptay - Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Rebecca Darley - Warburg Institute, University of London, London, UK
  • Ebru Fatma Fındık - Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey
  • Gil Fishhof - Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Dana Katz - University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada
  • Nicholas Melvani - Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • Heba Mostafa - University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
  • Michalis Olympios - University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Pagona Papadopoulou - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Programme Officer

  • Dr Michael Paraskos, SOAS, University of London, UK.