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Alice Taylor Visiting Scholar Talk

This Thursday (24th) at 5.15pm Alice Taylor (King’s College London) will give a talk on ‘What’s in medieval Scottish legal manuscripts and why does it matter?’

Alice Taylor is lecturer in Medieval History at King’s College London and has published extensively on law in Medieval Scotland.

The talk takes place in the Napier Reading Room in Martyrs Kirk, North Street, St Andrews.


Sewanee Medieval Colloquium 2018: Call for Papers and Sub-Themes

The following colloquium may be of interest to some ILCR members:

Law and (Dis)Order

The Forty-Fourth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium 

April 13-14, 2018

The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Call for Papers:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites papers exploring aspects of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. This includes legal codes, social order, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, poetic or artistic form, gender construction, racial divisions, scientific and philosophical order, the history of popular rebellion, and other ways of conceptualizing our theme.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. A seminar will also seek contributions; please look for its separate CFP soon. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website, no later than 26 October 2017. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 13 March 2018.

Call for Sub-Themes:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites proposals for panel themes engaging with forms of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. These sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Possibilities include the development of legal systems, the ordering of history writing, resistance to forms of social control, the development of particular artistic or poetic forms, the ordering of manuscripts, the concept of the will, systems of gender difference, scientific laws, orders of creation, and conflict or exchange between different social, religious, or ethnic groups. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through this website by October 26, 2017) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session. 

Panel theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters), and the CVs of the organizers, and are due July 27, 2017. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

Masterclass with Professor Brian Z. Tamanaha, 1 June

On Thursday 1 June there will be a masterclass taught by Professor Brian Z. Tamanaha to mark the publication of his latest book, A Realistic Theory of Law (Cambridge University Press).

Masterclass: “A Reconstruction of Social Historical Jurisprudence”.
Thursday June 1st, 2.00 – 3.30pm
Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street.

Professor Brian Z. Tamanaha is a renowned jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of nine books and numerous scholarly articles. His latest book is A Realistic Theory of Law (2017). Three of his books have received book awards, including A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society (2001), which won a prize in legal theory and a prize in law and society. On the Rule of Law (2004) has been translated into six languages, and altogether his publications have been translated into nine languages. He has delivered eight named lectures at home and abroad, including the Kobe Memorial Lecture in Tokyo, the Julius Stone Address in Sydney, the Cotterrell Lecture in London, and the Montesquieu Lecture in Tilburg. He spent a year in residence as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he wrote Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide (2010). His work has been the subject of three different published symposia, and his books have been reviewed in many venues, including the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Law and Society Review, Law and History Review, American Ethnologist, Legal Theory, and Washington Post.”

An article recommended by Professor Tamanaha as preparatory reading is attached here.