Plenary Speakers



Geoffrey Parker
The Ohio State University

Geoffrey Parker is Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History, and Associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University. He studies the social, political, and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1650. His numerous publications include The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road (1972), Europe in Crisis, 1598-1648 (1979), Imprudent King: a new biography of Philip II (2014), and The Military Revolution (1988), which won several prizes. In 2012 the Royal Dutch Academy of sciences awarded Dr. Parker the Heineken Prize for History. He is also the recipient of an OSU Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.




Carole Hillenbrand
University of St Andrews

Carole Hillenbrand is Professor of Islamic History at the University of St Andrews and Professor Emerita of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include the crusades, the Seljuqs of Iran and Turkey, and medieval Muslim political thought, especially the work of al-Ghazali. Her manuscript publications include The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate (1989), Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: the Battle of Manzikert (2007), Islam: a New Historical Introduction (2015) and the highly influential The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives (1999). In 2005 Dr. Hillenbrand was the first non-Muslim to be awarded the King Faisal Prize for Islamic Studies. She has been an Officer of the Order of the British Empire since 2009.