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Ninth Quadrennial Conference of the SSCLE

  • 27 Jun 2016
  • 01 Jul 2016
  • University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

By June 1216 various preparations had begun for the numerous crusading expeditions inspired by the Fourth Lateran Council in November 1215. These would set out in the following years, targeting all frontiers of the Latin world. Following the 4th Lateran Council in November 1215, preparations had begun for the numerous crusading expeditions that would set out in the following years targeting all frontiers of Latin Europe. Iberian crusades against Muslims in Portugal and Spain, the Baltic crusades towards Livonia and Estonia, and the Middle Eastern crusades towards Acre and in Egypt – together they illustrate the diversity of crusading in the early thirteenth century, which has been chosen as the general theme of this conference. 1216 was also an important year for Denmark, where our conference is being held, because in June of that year, the seven year young Prince Valdemar was created king of Denmark to rule together with his father, and Pope Innocent III included him under the protection of the Apostolic See and Saint Peter.
As in former conferences, members of SSCLE are encouraged to present papers on any aspect of the crusades and the Latin East.

Conference schedule
(Saturday 25 June
Ph.D. workshop)
Sunday 26 June
Walking tour in the medieval city of Odense, evening reception.
Monday 27 June
9-10: Registration
10: Opening by Dean Simon Møberg Torp
Sessions whole day
Tuesday 28 June
Sessions whole day;
Conference dinner at Nyborg Castle (
Wednesday 29 June
One-day excursion to churches on Zealand and to Viking-ship Museum in Roskilde (; sailing on the fjord. 
Thursday 30 June, Friday 1 July
Sessions whole day

Post-conference tour – to be decided, but either in Denmark, or in the wake of the Baltic crusaders, a cruise along the coast from Rügen via Riga to Tallinn.

Plenaries, c. 2 per day; and a number of round tables. Speakers and organizers yet to be decided. 
Parallel sessions, each 90 min. with 3 papers of each 20 min.

Organizational matters
Organized by SSCLE. Conference secretaries Kurt Villads Jensen, University of Southern Denmark, and Torben K. Nielsen, University of Aalborg.

Conference Company: Inspiring Denmark

Odense University Campus ( In the conference period most teaching will be over so there will be plenty of rooms for sessions as well as both informal and formal business meetings. Exams have only just ended at this time, so there will still be some life on the place. 

Several hotels in Odense in different price ranges, 3-5 km from Campus. Shuttle bus service will be arranged.

Trains from Copenhagen airport to Odense run every half hour, direct or one change at Copenhagen Central station, approximately 1.5 hour.

Registration fee
To be calculated. Members of SSCLE get a 25 Euro discount.

Publishing of proceedings
By the University Press of Southern Denmark (

Summer 2014: Keynote speakers decided, contacted, confirmed
Late 2014: First call for papers
Early 2015: Second call for paper – registration homepage opens (
Late 2015: deadline for submitting proposal for paper
Early 2016: programme finalised, distributed
Summer 2016: Conference
February 2017: deadline articles. Published 2017-2018.

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