King Sigurd the Crusader with King Baldwin of Jerusalem

Photo: Gerhard Munthe: King Sigurd the Crusader with King Baldwin of Jerusalem, 1899. Trondheim kunstmuseum, Trondheim.

MF CASR Lunch with Kristin Aavitsland

Conflicting Narratives on the Crusades: A Challenge for the Didactics of History


17.11.2020 - 11:30 to 12:00

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, it will only be possible to attend this MF CASR lunch virtually.  Please grab your lunch, a cup of coffee, and join us on Zoom.

The volume Controversial Histories: Current Views on the Crusades, edited by Felix Hinz and Johannes Meyer-Hamme, was released this Fall. The volume brings together short presentations of the reception of the crusades across Europe, the USA and the Middle East, written by scholars from 27 different countries, showing how conflicting and diverse the current narratives on the crusades and their ideological application are. This spectrum of conflicting interpretations rises important challenges for history education, and the editors of the book discuss the issue and present didactic and methodological suggestions on basis of an analysis of the collected narratives. Kristin B. Aavitsland contributed to the book representing the view from Norway. In this talk, she will comment on the book's scope and the suggest some didactic lessons to draw from it.