Tenure-track instructor, Department of Global Studies, SUNY Orange (NY)
Membre statutaire du Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes
Groupe du CERCOR
Équipe 4 : Institutions et doctrines religieuses (Europe et Méditerranée médiévales et modernes)
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Réseaux sociaux :
ThomasLecaque on Academia.edu
@tlecaque on Twitter
2010-2015 University of Tennessee, Knoxville Ph.D. in History
Dissertation : The Count of Saint-Gilles and the Saints of the Apocalypse : Occitanian Culture and Piety in the Time of the First Crusade
directed by Dr. Jay Rubenstein (History, UTK), with Dr. Tom Burman (History, UTK), Dr. Rachel Golden (Musicology, UTK), Dr. Jacob Latham (History, UTK), and Dr. Guy Lobrichon (History, Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse)
Exam Fields : Crusades Crusader States Medieval Islamic History Christian-Muslim Relations Medieval Occitania Cult of Saints
Marco Institute Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies
2011 Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN Summer Intermediate Readings in Medieval Latin
2008-2010 Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
M.A. in English
Thesis “Everything Made by Hand Perishes : The Cycle of Entropy in Wace’s Roman de Brut” directed by Dr. Christine Harker (English), with Dr. Adam Davis (English) and Dr. Mark Appold (Philosophy & Religion)
Departmental Distinguished Master’s Thesis
2009 University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Summer Intensive Course in Ancient Greek
2005-2008 Truman State University, Kirksville, MO B.A. in History with distinction Minor in Philosophy & Religion
Senior Seminar Paper “The War That Barca Wrought : Hannibal Barca and the Anti-Imperialism of the Second Punic War,” directed by Dr. Thomas Zoumaras (History)
President’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Academic Achievement
2003-2005 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Coursework as History and Theater Major
2016- SUNY Orange, Tenure-Track Instructor Honors 201H, The First Crusade and the Birth of Modern History—Spring 2017 (1 section)
History 231, Medieval and Renaissance Europe—Spring 2017 (1 section) History 230, The Greek and Roman World—Spring 2017 (1 day section, 1 night block section)
History 121, World Civilization to 1500 AD—Spring 2017 (3 sections) History 231, Medieval and Renaissance Europe—Fall 2016 (1 section, 17 students)
History 230, The Greek and Roman World—Fall 2016 (2 sections, 30 students each)
History 122, World Civilization since 1500 AD—Fall 2016 (2 sections, 20 students each)
2015-2016 University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Lecturer—Instructor of Record
History 241, Western Civilization I—Spring 2016 (2 sections, 40 students each)
History 262, World History II : Apocalypticism and the Making of the Modern World—Spring 2016 (1 section, 40 students)
History 261, World History I –Fall 2015 (3 sections, 40 students each) History 241, Western Civilization I—Summer 2015 (1 section, 35 students)
2013-2014 University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Guest Lecturer
History 241, Western Civilization I for Dr. Anthony Minnema, covered from the First Crusade through the voyage of Columbus, 7-28-14 through 7-31-14
Musicology 210, History of Western Music I—Ancient through Baroque for Dr. Rachel Golden, “Transition to the Middle Ages,” 8-26-2013 (2 sections)
Fall 2012 University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Technical Assistant Religious Studies 332, Classical Islam for Dr. Youshaa Patel, 2 sections
2008-2010 Truman State University, Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant—Instructor of Record English 190, WACT Special Topic : Zombies—Spring 2010 (1 section, 25 students)
English 190, WACT Special Topic : Kirksville as Context—Fall 2009 (1 section, 25 students)
English 190, Writing as Critical Thinking (WACT)—Fall 2008, Spring 2009 (1 section each, 25 students)
Raymond of Saint-Gilles : Occitanian Culture and Piety at the Time of the First Crusade, under contract for Ashgate Publishing’s Rulers of the East series, eds. Nicholas Morton and Jonathan Phillips (manuscript due January 2017)
Articles in edited volumes :
“Reading Raymond : The Bible of Le Puy, the Cathedral Library and the Literary Background of the Liber of Raymond d’Aguilers.” In The Uses of the Bible in Crusading Sources, eds Elizabeth Lapina and Nicholas Morton, Commentaria series (Leiden : Brill, forthcoming). [Peer Reviewed]
Books Reviews :
Review of Writing History for the King : Henry II and the Politics of Vernacular Historiography, by Charity Urbanski. Comitatus 45 (2014) : 340-342. Review of Chroniqueurs et propagandistes : Introduction critique aux sources de la première croisade, by Jean Flori. Comitatus 43 (2012) : 194-197.
Conference proceedings :
“La Piète de L’Auvergne, La Piète de la Croisade : La Chaise-Dieu, Raymond de Saint-Gilles, et la Première Croisade, » in La Chaise-Dieu. Communauté monastique et congrégation (XIe siècle-fin de l’Ancien Régime), Actes du IXe colloque international du CERCOR, July 6-8, 2016 (Saint-Etienne : Éditions du CERCOR, forthcoming) “Beautiful Lands, Barbarous People : Crusade Chronicles and the Crown of Ioannitsa,” in БЪЛГАРИЯ В СВЕТОВНОТО КУЛТУРНО НАСЛЕДСТВО, МАТЕРИАЛИ ОТ ТРЕТАТА НАЦИОНАЛНА КОНФЕРЕНЦИЯ ПО ИСТОРИЯ, АРХЕОЛОГИЯ И КУЛТУРЕН ТУРИЗЪМ, ПЪТУВАНЕ КЪМ БЪЛГАРИЯ – ШУМЕН, 17 – 19.05. 2012 г. Shumen, 2014. 431-436. Co-authored with Patrick Lecaque. “Генерал Грант-Княз на България ? (General Grant King of Bulgaria ?).” In 130 Години от руско-турската война (1877-1878 г.) и освобождението на България. Veliko Turnovo, 2009. 230-241.
Works in Progress :
Co-authored with Bradley Phillis. “Crusade as Liturgy : Paris, BNF lat. 5135A, Peter Tudebode and the Liturgification of the Gesta Francorum.” (in progress)
“La bibliothèque de la cathédrale du Puy-en-Velay et la chronique de Raimond d’Aguilers.” (in preparation for the Bulletin de la Sociéte académique du Puy-en-Velay et la Haute-Loire)
“Painting the First Crusade : The Crusading Frescoes of the Canons of Notre-Dame du Puy and the Memory of the First Crusade in the 13th Century Auvergne” (in preparation for Crusades)
[Upcoming] « A Bishop of War : Remembering Crusading Identity in the Cathedral of Le Puy,” Sponsored Session “Signs of Identity, Marks of Otherness : New Approaches to Visual Culture” by the Centre d’études supérieures de civilization médiévale (CESCM) and the International Medieval Society, Paris, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017.
“La Piète de L’Auvergne, La Piète de la Croisade : La Chaise-Dieu, Raymond de Saint-Gilles, et l’Armée Provençale sur la Première Croisade, » La Chaise-Dieu. Communauté monastique et congrégation (XIe siècle-fin de l’Ancien Régime), IXe colloque international du CERCOR, La Chaise-Dieu, France ; July 6-8, 2016
“Remaking Romanitas : Raymond of Saint-Gilles as the Last Roman Emperor,” Sponsored Session “The Crusades at Home : Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania (i)” by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo ; May 13, 2016.
“The Unnatural Auvergne : Serial Killer Saints, Idolatrous Reliquaries, and Abnormal Nobles in the Medieval Mountains of France,” Sponsored Session “Rhetoric of the Unnatural and Supernatural” by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 42nd Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium : Medieval Natures, Sewanee, TN ; April 2, 2016
“Marching to Apocalypse : The Provencal First Crusade, the Cult of the Holy Lance, and Apocalyptic Anxiety during the Siege of Jerusalem in 1099,” AfterWars Seminar, Knoxville ; January 14th, 2016.
“Raymond of Saint-Gilles : Occitanian Piety and Culture in the Time of the First Crusade,” 4th Annual Marco Fellows Evening, Knoxville ; April 23, 2015.
“From Le Puy to Jerusalem : Raymond of Saint-Gilles, the Auvergne, and The ‘Provençal’ Background of the First Crusade,” Institute for Historical Research, Crusades and the Latin East Seminar, London ; February 2, 2015.
“The Count of Saint-Gilles and the Saints of the Apocalypse,” University of Tennessee Humanities Center Fellows Seminar, Knoxville ; January 14, 2015.
“Reading Raymond : Southern French Bibles, Performative Religion and Crusading Christianity in Occitania,” W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs Luncheon, Knoxville ; December 5, 2014.
“’Pray for the Soul of Arvedus Tudebodus’ : Crusade Necrology and the Remembrance of Friends Lost in the Chronicles of the First Crusade,” Sponsored Session “Conflict, Memory, and Loss in the Medieval Mediterranean” by the Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, 40th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Atlanta ; October 16th, 2014.
“The Bible of Le Puy and the Literary Background of the Liber of Raymond d’Aguilers.” Session “The Uses of the Bible in Crusader Sources, II : Coming to Terms with the First Crusade (i),” International Medieval Congress, Leeds ; July 8th, 2014.
Plenary Session. “Sclavonia etenim est tellus deserta et invia, et montuosa : Reassessing the Provençal Route through the Balkans on the First Crusade.” “The Fairest Meadows in the World” : Crusades and Crusades in the Balkans, Veliko Tarnovo ; November 7th, 2013.
“The One-Eyed Trickster : The Imaginative Memory of Raymond of Saint-Gilles in Eastern Christian Chronicles.” Sponsored Session “The Crusades in the Eyes of the Other” by the Texas Medieval Association, The 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo ; May 10th, 2013.
“The Oathbreaker’s Lament : The Siege and Conquest of Tripoli.” 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, “War, Society, and Remembrance”, New Orleans ; March 15th, 2013.
“The Cycle of the East : The Manuscript as a Text in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 129.” 38th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association,
University of Southern Mississippi ; October 19th, 2012.
“Beautiful Lands, Barbarous People : Crusade Chronicles and the Crown of Ioannitsa.” Third National Conference “Bulgaria in the World Cultural Heritage,” Regional Historical Museum of Shumen, Bulgaria ; May 19th, 2012.
“The Peace of God and the Saints at War : The Toulousain on the First Crusade.” 7th Annual Appalachian Spring Conference In World History and Economics, Appalachian State University ; April 14th, 2012.
Poster Presentation. “The Folly of the East : Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 129 and Anglo-Muslim Relations.” 7th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop, University of Tennessee-Knoxville ; February 3, 2012.
“Anglo-Saxon Perceptions of Byzantium and the Greek World.” 22nd International Byzantine Congress, University St. Kliment of Ohrid, Sofia, Bulgaria ; August 23, 2011. “An Englishman in Byzantium : Political Motivations for Ethnic Change in the Varangian Guard.” Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE ; March 5, 2010.
Lead Presenter. From Classroom to Conference : Academic Conferences for Undergraduate Presenters. Undergraduate Workshops for Research in the Humanities. February 18, 2016.
Conference and Panel Organization
[Upcoming] Session Organizer, “The Crusades at Home : Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania,” sponsored by the Crusades in France and Occitania Project, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo ; May, 2017
Session Co-Organizer “The Crusades at Home : Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania,” 23rd International Medieval Congress, Leeds ; July 4th-7th, 2016
Session Organizer “The Crusades at Home : Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania,” two sessions sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee ;
Session Chair, “The Crusades at Home : Roots, Impact, and Cultural Significance of the Crusades in France and Occitania II,” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo ; May 12-15, 2016.
Session Organizer/Chair “Crusading and Internal Conflict,” 40th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Atlanta ; October 16th, 2014.
Session Chair “The Military Orders in Britain : Organization and Administration on the Western Periphery.” 21st International Medieval Congress, Leeds ; July 7th, 2014.
Conference Organizer (with Jake Ransohoff) ““The Fairest Meadows in the World” : Crusades and Crusades in the Balkans.” University Cyril and Methodius, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, November 7-9, 2013.
Session Organizer “Latins at the Gate : Crusades and Siege Warfare.” 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, New Orleans ; March 14-16th, 2013.
Session Organizer “Reading and Writing Other Worlds : The Manipulation of Manuscripts in Late Medieval England” and “Song, Scripture and Self-Identity : Religion and Thought in the Middle Ages” ;
Session Chair, “Song, Scripture and Self-Identity : Religion and Thought in the Middle Ages” and “Letters, Words, and Meaning in Middle English Literature.” 38th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association, University of Southern Mississippi ; October 18th-20th, 2012.
Abstract Reader/Keith Taylor Essay Prize Committee Member. Second Annual Marco Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, March 30, 2012.
Additional Scholarly Activities
Project co-organizer with Simon Parsons, “The Crusades in France and Occitania.” www.cfoproject.org
• First phase : Organizing panels at three international conferences in 2016, with a day- long special event in London, leading towards an edited volume Project co-organizer with Bernard Sanial and Sebastien Fray, “Raymond d’Aiguille” • Planned edited volume, 2018, affiliated with CERCOR (Centre européen de recherché sur les congregations et les orders religieux) at the Université Jean Monnet a Saint-Étienne
Awards and Fellowships
Haslam Dissertation Fellowship (UTK), 2014-2015 [$30,000 total] W.K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs (UTK) [$4,000], 2014-2015
Birgit Baldwin Fellowship (Medieval Academy of America) (1st Alternate) [$20,000/yr],2014-2016
Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant (Medieval Academy of America), 2014 [$2,000]
Newton W. and Wilma C. Thomas Graduate Fellowship (UTK), 2010-2014 [$16,000/yr] Galen Broeker Graduate Student Research Fellowship (UTK) [$5000], Summer 2013
Paul Barrette Graduate Student Travel Prize (UTK) [$250], May 2013
History Department Graduate Travel Awards (UTK), various 2012-2015 Marco Institute Travel Awards (UTK), various 2010-2015
Newberry Consortium Travel Grant, February 2011
English Department Graduate Travel Award (TSU), March 2010 Historical Society Travel Award (TSU), March 2009
Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, Old French (TSU) [$2000], 2008
• Creating Professional PowerPoint Narration Workshop, CTL Workshop, SUNY Orange, September 9, 2016 • Teaching in a Technology-Enhanced Classroom Workshop, OIT Training Workshop, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, January 15, 2016 • TurningPoint Clickers 1 (Basic) Workshop, OIT Training Workshop, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, January 7, 2016 • Certificate of Participation, Best Practices in Teaching Program, Fall 2015, University of Tennessee-Knoxville • Certificate of Completion, 2015 New Faculty Teaching Institute, Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, organized by Dr. John Zomchick and Dr. Taimi Olsen (August 5-7, 2015) • Course : History 511, Teaching World History, Prof. Catherine Higgs (University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Spring Semester 2011)
• Course : English 620G, Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Prof. Monica Barron (Truman State University, Spring Semester 2009) • Course : English 698G, Evaluating College English Teaching, Prof. Hena Ahmad (Truman State University, Fall Semester 2008)
Digital Humanities Experience
• Project in Progress : “Jerusalem in Occitania : Crusader Families in Aquitaine and the Toulousaine” in collaboration with April Jehan Morris (Hood College)
o Project Overview : Digital humanities project utilizing data visualization of nodes and networks, it will produce a visualization of the networks of family connections between two major areas of southern France - the Aquitaine and the Toulousaine/Provence - and the Latin Kingdoms of Jerusalem in the years between 1095 – 1291.
o Planned expansions to include the links between both areas and the Christian Spanish kingdoms involved in the so-called Reconquista from the years of 950/1000 – 1300
o Data links will also grow to reflect where these connections were actively drawn upon through military muster/campaign, gift giving, business deals, marital alliances, etc.
o First stage : Data visualization
o Second stage : GIS mapping of data visualization
• Experience in social media (Twitter, Facebook, Academia.edu, Blogger, Instagram, LinkedIn) • Experience in video communication technology (Skype, Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Google Hangout, NH Connect) • Experience in cloud storage (Dropbox, Box Sync, Google Drive, OneDrive) • Basic experience with GIS (Google My Maps, Google Earth Pro) • Basic experience in reference management software (Zotero) • Basic experience with text analysis software (NVivo) • Basic experience with cloud collaboration systems (Airtable) • HTML5 Fundamentals : Structures, syntax, and Semantics, OIT Training Workshop, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, February 18, 2016 • Research Services 1 (Research Software and Services Overview), OIT Training Workshop, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, January 27, 2016
2016 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France Bibliothèque du Institute du Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, Paris, France Archives Nationales, Paris, France Bibliothèque des Études Meridionales, Toulouse, France Archives Départmentales du Tarn, Albi, France Médiatheque Pierre-Amalric, Albi, France
2015 The Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Burgerbibliothek, Bern, Switzerland Archives Départementales du Haute-Loire, Puy-en-Velay, France Archives Départementales du Gard, Nîmes, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Nîmes, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Arles, France Bibliothèque du Faculté du Medicin, Montpellier, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Montpellier, France University of Tennessee-Knoxville Special Collections, Knoxville, USA
2014 University of Tennessee-Knoxville Special Collections, Knoxville, USA Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Paris, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Avignon, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Clermont-Ferrand, France Archives Départementales du Haute-Loire, Puy-en-Velay, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Puy-en-Velay, France The British Library, London, UK The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, Carpentras, France Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence, France
2013 Archives Départementales du Puy-de-Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand, France Archives Départementales du Haute-Loire, Puy-en-Velay, France Archives Départementales d’Aude, Carcassonne, France Archives Départementales de Vaucluse, Avignon, France Bibliothèque Municipale, Avignon, France Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
English (native) French (reading and speaking near-fluent ; writing intermediate) German, Italian, Spanish (elementary reading) Research : Classical and Medieval Latin [Paleography Training], Old French, Old English, Scots, Early Modern English [Paleography Experience], Old Occitan
International Medieval Society-Paris EPISCOPUS Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages Byzantine Studies Association of North America Council of Undergraduate Research University Service
Service to the Department of Global Studies, SUNY Orange • Rewriting Student Learning Outcomes for History 230, The Greek and Roman World, and History 231, Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Service to the Profession
• AP European History Reader 2016 Service to the Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
• Judge, 2016 Summer Research Internship Program Service to the Marco Institute, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
• Organizer, Crusades Studies Seminar, 2015-2016
o Bringing in outside speakers (total of 5 planned), budgeting and fund-raising, organizing readings, meeting times/places, and coordinating discussion
• Marco Advisory Board, 2015-2016
• Graduate Representative to the Steering Committee, 2012-2013
o Attended all Steering Committee meetings, offered graduate student in-put on all matters not pertaining to graduate student funding
• Organizer, Old French Reading Group, Fall 2012
• Convener, Early/Middle Scots Reading Group, Spring 2011
Service to the Tennessee Humanities Center, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
• Undergraduate Mentor, Spring 2015
o One-on-one mentoring with advanced undergraduate planning on applying to graduate school in the humanities
• Undergraduate Workshop for Humanities Research, October 1, 2013
o Presented my research to undergraduate audience, gave advice on choosing research topics, presenting at conferences, doing academic research in history, and choosing a graduate program
Service to the Department of History, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
• Prospective Graduate Student Tour Guide, 2011-2013
• Pre-modern Caucus Incoming Graduate Student Mentor, 2013-2014
Service to the Department of History, Truman State University
• Faculty-Student Liaison, 2007 to 2009
o Attended all History Faculty meeting, offered student in-put on all non- financial matters Service to Truman State University
• Textbook Task Force Committee, 2009
• Graduate Council Member, 2008-2009
• Additional Mentor for Houston McClure, “The Deeds of William of Villehardouin : An Annotated Translation of a Part of the Old French La Chronique de Morée,” Master’s Thesis, Department of French, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Spring 2016
• Additional Mentor for Jacob Brannum, “The Economy, Representation, and Revolt : Social Unrest in Florence in the Wake of the Black Death,” NCUR (National Conference for Undergraduate Research) 30 at the University of North Carolina- Asheville, April 7-9, 2016 ; Humanities Center Undergraduate Mentor, Spring 2015
Research Assistant—University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2012-2013 Dr. Christopher Magra—2012-2013 [18th c. American economic document transcription] Dr. Ernest Freeburg—Fall 2012 [Newspaper archive research] Dr. Jacob Latham—Spring & Summer 2012 [Article proofing]
• Organizational Committee for “Marco Madness,” Bearden High School-Marco Institute, 2015-2016
• East Tennessee History Day Judge, 2012