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Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean

Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean, Fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, University of Lincoln, July 13–15, 2015

 We are pleased to announce that the fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean will take place at the University of Lincoln from Monday 13th July to Wednesday 15th July 2015.

The theme of the conference is “Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean” and the keynotes will be delivered by Professor Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid: "Obedience to the ruler in the Medieval Islamic West: legal and historical perspectives") and Dr Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh: “Rituals of accession in early Islam: a comparative perspective”).

We welcome both individual papers and panel proposals.

Those who are interested in presenting at the conference might consider the following sub-themes when putting together their abstracts (but are by no means limited to them):

  • Roman, Canon and municipal law in the medieval Mediterranean
  • Lawyers: their identities, status and practice
  • Disputes, dispute settlement
  • Legal agreements (e.g. charters, treaties)
  • Law codes and codification
  • Manuscripts of law codes, charters, etc.
  • Legal training in the medieval Mediterranean
  • Ritual sites and ritual objects
  • Law, treaties and rituals in visual and material culture
  • Trading and other contractual agreements
  • Oath-making and oath-breaking
  • Outlaws, criminals and rebels
  • Scribal practices and legal record-keeping

We are also interested in papers that propose to take a more openly theoretical look at law, ritual and custom in our period, digital humanities approaches to the topic, and would also consider proposals that discuss the (contemporary) teaching of law, ritual and custom in the medieval Mediterranean.

We will offer up to 10 bursaries for MA and PhD students who are interested in presenting at the Conference. The bursaries, which will cover the Conference fees, will be assigned to those proposals which best fit the theme of the Conference.

Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in the Society’s journal, Al Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, published by Taylor and Francis. Previous conferences have resulted in the publication of special issues of the journal as well as individual articles.


Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Calls for Papers

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