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PIMIC Final Forum: 24-25 June, 2016, London

Pimic logoThe PIMIC Final Forum (Power & Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom) is a two-day event for policy makers, journalists, lawyers, and academics. PIMIC has been a four-year project by leading scholars of Western, Byzantine and Islamic history examining the development of institutions in those regions. The Final Forum brings together international experts to discuss the modern institutional differences between the Islamic and Christian world through this never-before-considered lens: that of medieval history. The PIMIC project is the first of its kind, and the Final Forum will generate dialogue and insights that will be crucial to policy-makers moving forward.

Highlights of the event include:

Opening Address:

  • Dr. Malik Dahlan (Principal, Institution Quraysh for Law and Policy; Chief Lawyer, MRB Legal; International Chair of the Harvard Law School Association)

Policy Forum: The ‘Medieval’ Today—Reframing Institutional Complexity in the Modern World

Chris Bowlby (BBC Radio and Online, News and Current Affairs)

Monica Hakimi (Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School)

David Hendy (Professor of Media and Communication, University of Sussex)

Lena Salaymeh (Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University)

Charles Tripp (Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, SOAS)

Keynote Lectures:

  • “The Challenges of Institutuional Development: Past and Present Issues” (Eduardo Manzano, CCHS-CSIC, Madrid)
  • “Institutions and the Distribution of Expert Knowledge in Latin Europe, ca. 1100-1400” (Frank Rexroth, Professor of History, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
  • “Document and Institutions in the Medieval Middle East: The Case of the Fatimids” (Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilisation in the Near East; Professor of Near Eastern Studies and History, Princeton)
  • “Taking Control? Agency, Structure, and Social Praxis in Early Medieval Administration” (John Haldon, Professor of European History, Byzantine History, and Hellenic Studies, Princeton University)

Closing Address:

  • Chris Wickham (Professor of Medieval History and Head of Humanities Division, University of Oxford)

 To see the full programme and speaker bios, please click here.

To register your interest in attending, please email


University of Oslo PhD Fellowships

ILCR members may be interested to know that two phd positions have become available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo.

The positons will be attached to the project “The Nordic ‘Civil Wars’ in the High Middle Ages in a cross-disciplinary and a comparative perspective”.

The deadline for applications is 28 July. For more information see: