Un-Stated: Low-Authority Societies in Medieval Europe

This workshop facilitates inter-disciplinary dialogue between scholars presenting case studies of low-authority and stateless environments during the European Middle Ages and researchers from across the social sciences and humanities interested in similar environments, both in practice and in theory, in the contemporary world. You are invited to join us, listen to the papers, and offer your own insights.

TUESDAY – 28 May 2024

Welcome Session (10:00am-12:00pm – Physical Sciences Building 401) 

  • An Opening Discussion – “The Question of Low-Authority Environments”
  • Adam Matthews (Alma College, USA) – “A Chain of Responsibility: Judicial Crisis Management in Eleventh-Century Catalonia” 

Lunch (12:00pm-2:00pm) – Refreshments provided

Afternoon Session (2:00pm-4:00pm – Physical Sciences Building 401)

  • Dawn Hadley (University of York, UK) – “Creating Community on the Camps of the Viking Great Army in Late Ninth-Century England”
  • Oren Falk (Cornell University, US) – "Battle Hymn of the res publica"
  • Han Nijdam (Fryske Akademy, Netherlands) – “The Frisian Freedom”

WEDNESDAY – 29 May 2024

Morning Session (10:00am-12:00pm – Physical Sciences Building 401)

  • Yanchen Liu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) – “The Authority of Canon Law on Jewish Community in the High Middle Ages: Introduction and Questions”
  • Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto, Canada) – “A Saintly Abbot might Hide a Community: Cluny in the Eleventh Century”
  • Christopher Markiewicz (Ghent University, Belgium) – “Endowments and the Public Treasury in Sultanates of the Fifteenth Century”

Lunch (12:00pm-2:00pm) – Refreshments provided

Afternoon Session (2:00pm-4:00pm – Physical Sciences Building 401)

  • Thomas Kohl (Passau Universität, Germany) – “Distant, Disrupted, Disputed: Authority, Violence and Conflict in Eleventh Century Germany and France”
  • Roy Flechner (University College Dublin, Ireland) – “Communities of Interpretation in the Early Insular World”
  • Ada Kuskowski (University of Pennsylvania, USA) – “Legal Knowledge and Uncertainty in Conquered Lands”

THURSDAY – 30 May 2024

Morning Session (10:00am-12:00pm – Goldwin Smith 236)

  • Steffen Patzold (Eberhard Karls Universität, Germany) – Title to be determined
  • Björn Weiler (University of Aberystwyth, UK) – Title to be determined
  • Hillay Zmora (Ben Gurion University, Israel) – “Noble Confraternities and Leagues in the Late Medieval Holy Roman Empire”

Lunch (12:00pm-2:00pm) – Refreshments provided

Closing Session (2:00pm-4:00pm – Goldwin Smith 236)

  • A Closing Round-Table Discussion – “Defining Low-Authority Environments”

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