ISIS and the Crusades: On the Uses and Abuses of History

A century ago, almost no Muslim had ever heard of the Crusades, let alone viewed them negatively. Yet today ISIS propaganda is riddled with hundreds of justificatory references to “the Crusades” and constantly calls Western and even Asian countries “the Crusaders.” In this public lecture, Dr. Adam DeVille, Associate Professor of Theology, will explore the historiographical issues involved in such obvious and tendentious abuses of historical “memory,” arguing that psychoanalytic theories of trauma, screen memories, and misplaced rage may help to understand what is going on. Suggestions for countering this propaganda will also be offered.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7pm
Brookside Ballroom

2701 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN

This event is sponsored by the University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy & Theology, and the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For additional information, contact Angie Springer at 260.399.7700 x8100 or

All are welcome.

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