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Keynote Speakers

The Organizing Committee of MEDWORLDS Workshop is proud to announce that the keynote speakers for May 2022 will be:

Prof. Brian A. CATLOS, University of Colorado Boulder

Brian Catlos (Montréal, 1966) earned a PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and currently holds appointments as Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Research Associate in Humanities at the University of California Santa Cruz. His work centers on Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations and ethno-religious identity in medieval Europe and the Islamic World, and the history of the pre-Modern Mediterranean. A board member of various academic journals, he also co-directs The Mediterranean Seminar, a major initiative and a forum for international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the emerging field of Mediterranean Studies, and directs the CU Mediterranean Studies Group at Boulder. He has published a number of books and articles including the The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050–1300 (Cambridge, 2004), Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, 1050–ca. 1615 (Cambridge, 2014), and Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Power Faith and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014), and Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain (Basic, 2018).

Prof. Andrew C.S. PEACOCK, University of St. Andrews

Andrew Peacock holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is currently Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic History at the University of St Andrews. His work focuses on the history of the medieval Middle East, processes of Islamisation, and Islamic manuscripts. A particular interest is medieval Anatolia, on which he directed a major research project funded by the European Research Council, 'The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500' (2011-2017). Major publications include Early Seljuq History (Routledge, 2010), The Great Seljuk Empire (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and Islam, Literature and Society in Mongol Anatolia (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Edited or co-edited volumes include The Seljuks of Anatolia (IB Tauris, 2013), Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia (Ashgate, 2015) and Islamisation: Comparative Perspectives from History (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).