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Jilana Ordman

Lecturer in History  

Areas of Specialization

Ancient and medieval history  


PhD Medieval History,  Loyola University, Chicago, IL
MA Medieval History, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
BA Anthropology, History, Literature, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH 

Courses Taught

History 110: Introduction to Historical Study: World Civilization to 1650
History 211: Roman History
History 243: Crusade and Holy War in Medieval Europe
History 283:  History of Emotions in the West

Selected Articles

“Crusading without Affect or Effect:  Emotions in Helmold of Bosau’s Chronica Slavorum,” in Emotions, Communities, Difference: Essays in Honor of Barbara H. Rosenwein, ed., Maureen C. Miller and Edward Wheatley (New York: Routledge, 2018), 77-103.

“Was it an Embarrassment of Rewards? Possible Relationships between Religious Devotion among Participants in the Second Crusade, 1145-1149, and their Losses in the Field,” Essays in Medieval Studies 31 (2014): 113-40.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Affective Defense: Late-Antique and Early Medieval Authors’ Use of Emotion as Proof of Motives for Violence,” International Society for Research on Emotion, Biannual Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2017.

“Defending the Christian Family and its Patrimony: Recruitment for Crusading 1095-1189,” Benedictine University 10th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium: The Family and Violence. Lisle, IL, 2017.

“Not Their Grandfathers’ Crusade: Clerical Authors’ Attributions of Affect as Reflections of the Political and Juridical Differences Between the First and Third Crusades,” Fourth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2016.

 “Martyrdom in the Baltic? Sorrow in Helmold of Bosau’s Cronica Slavorum,” At the Intersection of Medieval History and the Social Sciences:  A Symposium Honoring Barbara H. Rosenwein, Chicago, IL, 2014

“An Embarrassment of Rewards: Participation in the Second Crusade, 1145-1149,” 31st Annual Ilinois Medieval Association Conference, Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World, Chicago, 
IL, 2014

“The Inscrutable Odo of Deuil’s Instrumental Attributions of Emotions,”  The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop. London, England, 2011.

“Feeling Like a Crusader: Emotion as Evidence of Combatants’ Motivations for Violence,” New Approaches to Old Challenges: Loyola University’s Third Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate Students and Alumni, Chicago, IL, 2010.

“Creating the Crusader, 1095-1099,” The Papacy and the Crusades: 7th Congress of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. Avignon, France, 2008. 

Selected Honors

Bursary for participation in The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop. London, England. Summer, 2011.

Paper Prize, Loyola University Third Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium for Graduate Students and Alumni, Spring, 2010

Graduate Research Scholarship, Loyola University, Summer, 2008

Service Merit Award, Loyola University, Spring, 2008

Academic Service/Other Academic Employment

Peer Reviewer, Common Ground Research Network, commenting on articles on material and cultural history, 2018-present.

Advanced Placement Test Scoring, European History. Kansas City, MO, 2018.

Community Involvement Member of Antioch College Alumni Board, 2014-present.

Judge for Chicago Metro History Fair, 2007, 2010. 

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association 
Medieval Academy of America
Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
International Society for Research on Emotion
North American Chapter of the History of Emotions