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CFP: Experiences of Governance: Navigating Jurisdictional Spheres in the Later Middle Ag
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2nd March 2013 Birkbeck College, University of London Keynote Speakers: Prof. Jelle Haemers (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) Dr. Ian Forrest (Oriel College, Oxford University)

When: 12/15/2012
Contact: Tom Johnson

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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

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


The construction and negotiation of legal and jurisdictional boundaries

Please submit a 300-word abstract to Tom Johnson ( by 15th December

Sponsored by:
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College
The Oxford Centre for Medieval History

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