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 of NSW, James completed his bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Sydney before moving to Cambridge to undertake a PhD. His thesis explored how the cloth crosses that crusaders stitched onto their clothing transformed the ideology and vocabulary of crusading in different regions and languages between c. 1095 and c. 1250.

After completing his doctoral research, 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, where he teaches widely across the history of the Middle Ages and the early modern period, with a particular focus on the history of the crusades and medieval religion.

James is currently working on a number of book projects, including a monograph with the provisional title The Crusading Cross: Ideology and Practice, c. 1095–c. 1300.


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
HIST2075 The Real Games of Thrones: The Early Modern World, 1453–1789
HIST3006 Empires: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
HIST3011 Heresy and Inquisition in the Middle Ages
Topic lecturer
HIST1704 History's Killing Fields
ENGL2147 Medieval Myths: The Origins of Modern Fantasy
HIST2077 Crisis and Catastrophe: Past Experiences, Future Prospects
Supervisory interests
European history
European interaction with Middle East
Medieval crusades
Religious history
  • Crusades
  • Medieval History
  • Medieval Languages