Dr James Kane


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (225)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Born and raised in the Hunter Valley, James completed his bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge to begin his PhD. This explored how the fabric cross that crusaders stitched onto their clothing transformed the ideology and vocabulary of crusading in different regions and languages between c. 1095 and c. 1250. James is currently adapting the finished thesis for publication under the provisional title The Crusading Cross in Language, Thought and Practice, c. 1095–c. 1300.

After completing his PhD, James returned to Australia and taught Latin, Old Norse-Icelandic, and Old and Middle English language and literature at the University of Sydney until the end of 2019. He moved to Adelaide in January 2020 to take up a lectureship in Medieval History at Flinders University. 


PhD (History), University of Cambridge (2017)

M.Phil. (Medieval Studies), University of Sydney (2012)

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) in Ancient History and Medieval Studies, University of Sydney (2010)

Topic coordinator
HIST2078 Crusade and Jihad in the Middle Ages
HIST7056 Critical Theory: Past and Present
HIST3006 Imperialism and its Discontents: Empires Ancient and Modern
HIST2075 The Real Games of Thrones: The Early Modern World, 1453–1789
Topic lecturer
HIST1704 History's Killing Fields
Supervisory interests
European history
European interaction with Middle East
Medieval crusades
Religious history
  • Crusades
  • Medieval History
  • Medieval Languages