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Conferentie “Experiences of Governance: Navigating Jurisdictional Spheres in the Later Middle Ages”

2 March 2013
Clore Management Centre, Room 101
Birkbeck College, London

9.30am          Registration

9.45am          Introductory Comments

10.00am       Opening Keynote Address
Dr Ian Forrest (Oriel College, Oxford): Trustworthiness and institution formation in the late middle ages

11.10am           Tea & coffee break

11.40am          Graduate Session 1: Navigating Jurisdictions within Communities
                         Chair: Dr John Arnold (Birkbeck College, London)
Anke De Meyer and Prof Peter Stabel (University of Antwerp): Fashioning the self in late medieval courts of law: performance of guild identities in pardon letters and civil court cases in Bruges and Mechelen
Teresa Phipps (University of Nottingham): Urban courts and urban women: legal identity in theory and practice
Kenneth Duggan (King’s College, London):The words of law: how juries in Northumberland navigated jurisdictional boundaries when presenting cases of summary justice in the mid- to late-thirteenth century

1.00pm           Lunch

2.00pm          Graduate Session 2: Navigating Jurisdictions between Communities
                        Chair: Dr John Watts (Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
Claire Hawes (University of St Andrews): Ideas of authority and the language of burgh statute: Aberdeen in the later fifteenth century
Dr Tomislav Popic (University of Zagreb): The growth of procedural law in the fourteenth-century Dalmatian city communes: civil judicial practice in Zadar
Duncan Hardy (Jesus College, Oxford): Associative solutions to jurisdictional fragmentation in the southwestern Holy Roman Empire, c. 1350-1500

3.20pm           Tea & coffee break

3.50pm           Closing Keynote Address
Prof Jelle Haemers (University of Leuven): Governance, identity and petitioning in the medieval town (13th-14th centuries)

5.00pm           Round-table discussion

Note: We must vacate the Clore Management Centre by 6.00pm.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge to all registered participants.

To register, e-mail tomlukejohnson@gmail.com by 15 February 2013.  Please indicate in this e-mail any dietary requirements.  There is no registration fee. 


Oxford Centre for Medieval History

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College, London



Eliza Hartrich (Merton College, Oxford)

Tom Johnson (Birkbeck College, London)

Samantha Sagui (Fordham University)

Call for papers: Experiences of Governance: Navigating Jurisdictional Spheres in the Later Middle Ages

Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London
Saturday 2 March 2013

Sponsors: Oxford Centre for Medieval History
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College

Organisers: Tom Johnson (Birkbeck College, London)
Samantha Sagui (Fordham University)
Eliza Hartrich (Merton College, Oxford)

Keynote Speakers: Dr Ian Forrest (Oriel College, Oxford)
Prof Jelle Haemers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from Britain and the Continent who are interested in exploring the ways in which late-medieval people navigated the law, legal institutions, and jurisdictions.  Rather than focusing on the formal rules according to which legal and governing institutions operated, this conference highlights the practical experience of consumers of the law in later medieval Europe.  In line with the ‘new legal history’, it hopes to encourage an approach that considers legal processes in the later middle ages as a product of wider society and culture, and, in particular, to examine popular ideas of justice and order which informed litigants’ use of the legal mechanisms at their disposal.

We invite postgraduate students and early career academics to present twenty-minute papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The contrasting experiences of local, seigneurial, royal, and ecclesiastical jurisdictions
  • The way that consumers of the law negotiated jurisdictions, and how they formulated jurisdictional differences for their own purposes
  • Popular constructions and contestations of law and legal norms
  • Formal and informal mechanisms for social control, and the relationship between such mechanisms
  • The construction and negotiation of legal and jurisdictional boundaries

Please submit a 300-word abstract to Tom Johnson (tomlukejohnson@gmail.com) by 15th December 2012.

Further information can be found on our conference page at the IHR website, http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/7722.