Announcing the Digital Atlas of Medieval Dioceses and Provinces!

After five years of work, our wonderful team of student researchers has put the finishing touches on the Digital Atlas of Dioceses and Ecclesiastical Provinces in Latin Christendom (1200-1500)! All of the mapping files and their associated documentation can now be downloaded here, and are available for public use under a Creative Commons license.

The maps are necessarily limited by the constraints of source survival and the state of existing scholarship. It proved impossible to depict the ecclesiastical geography of the Latin East (with the exception of Cyprus), and the boundaries of many jurisdictions in eastern Europe are pretty vague (no doubt this was true in reality as well!). In other parts of Europe (notably Iberia and parts of central Italy), a certain amount of conjecture was necessary to deal with shifting boundaries and contested jurisdictional claims.

We welcome comments, corrections, and suggestions for future updates! 

CoSynWorkshop @ Stanford (Day 2)

CoSyn Participants – Stanford University, 27 April 2019

The second day of the CoSyn Workshop proved just as lively as the first. Maureen Miller (UC Berkeley) moderated the first session, at which Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine) discussed the topic of libertas ecclesiae in late medieval French legislation, Arnaud Fossier (Université de Bourgogne) offered new insights into the intersection of penitential and judicial practices in Italian statutes, and Tony Perron (Loyola Marymount) drew our attention to the strange things happening in medieval English cemeteries in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. 

The afternoon session featured papers by Véronique Beaulande-Barraud (Université de Reims) on the manuscript tradition of the Liber synodalis of Reims; by Emmanuël Falzone (Université catholique de Louvain / Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles) on the emergence of consistory courts and the diffusion of statutes concerning episcopal officials; and by Jeffrey Wayno (Columbia University) on the implementation of Lateran IV in the province of Rouen.

And appropriately enough (given the lively intellectual exchanges), the end of the workshop was marked by a spectacular fireworks display (courtesy of Stanford Baseball)!

Onward to Metz, for our next workshop!

Call for Papers

Legal Diffusion in the Late Medieval Church :
Local Ecclesiastical Legislation, 1215-1500

Metz (France), June 13-14, 2019

     This conference will mark the conclusion to a two-year Franco-American collaborative research project led by Rowan Dorin (Stanford University) and Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine) from 2017-2019. This collaboration has been supported by the FACE Foundation (Thomas Jefferson Fund), by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and by the Université de Lorraine.

Scope and Aims
     The aim of this conference is to study the diffusion,exchange, creation, transformation, and resilience of ecclesiastical norms in medieval France and its neighbors from 1215-1500, in particular across diocesan and provincial jurisdictional boundaries. The underlying research project focuses on medieval France and nearby territories (modern France, Flanders, Switzerland, northern Italy), but the concluding gathering offers an opportunity to open up the geographical field to all of Catholic Europe, in a comparative perspective. Continuer la lecture de « Call for Papers »

Appel à communications:

Diffusion des normes dans l’Église de la fin du Moyen Âge:
Les législations ecclésiastiques locales, 1215-1500

Metz (France) 13-14 juin 2019

     Ce colloque marquera l’aboutissement d’un projet derecherche sur deux ans (2017-2018 et 2018-2019) faisant l’objet d’une collaboration franco-américaine et dirigé par Rowan Dorin (Université de Stanford) et Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine). Projet financé par le Thomas Jefferson Fund de la FACE Foundation, les universités de Stanford et de Lorraine, le Centre France-Stanford d’études interdisciplinaires.

Enjeux et objectifs scientifiques
     L’objet de ce colloque est d’étudier les transferts, créations, transformations et résiliences de normes au sein des législations ecclésiastiques locales entre 1215 et 1500. Le projet de recherche dont est issu cette rencontre est centré sur la France médiévale et les territoires proches (France actuelle, Flandres, Suisse, Italie du Nord), mais le colloque pourra être l’occasion d’ouvrir le champ géographique à l’ensemble de l’Europe catholique, dans une optique comparatiste. Un intérêt particulier sera porté à la porosité ou l’imperméabilité des frontières juridictionnelles diocésaines et provinciales, dans un questionnement sur la création et l’éventuelle uniformisation des droits locaux. Continuer la lecture de « Appel à communications: »

Working Repertory of Local Ecclesiastical Legislation, 1200-1500

In 2011, Rowan Dorin began compiling a repertory of local ecclesiastical legislation that survives (in whole or in part) from Latin Christendom between ca. 1200-ca. 1500. The repertory lists the date, place, and classification (diocesan statutes,provincial canons, etc.) for each known text. Most entries also include the issuing authority and the language. References are given to the most recent (or otherwise standard) editions of each text; fuller information can be found by consulting the individual editions or local repertories (e.g. Pontal-Artonne for France). For those texts that exist only in manuscript, only the principal witnesses are listed.

The repertory includes mainly synodal/diocesan statutes and provincial canons, but other scattered genres appear on occasion. As of the most recent update (23 July 2018), the repertory contains 2098 entries. It continues to be updated regularly based on further findings, so corrections and/or additions are actively welcomed. The repertory is for public use, but users are kindly requested to acknowledge it in any research that draws on it.

The working repertory is downloadable here.

1000th Text Added to Corpus

As of this afternoon, the text corpus now contains 1000 entries! The millennial addition was the 1337 diocesan statutes of Elne, in the ecclesiastical province of Narbonne.

Perpignan, BM 79, f. 100r (Image credit: IRHT)

We took this text from vol. 3 of José Saenz Aguirre’s Collectio maxima conciliorum Hispaniae (1694), but hopefully we’ll be able to visit Perpignan at some point to consult the surviving manuscript copy of the text (Bibl. Municipale, ms. 79, ff. 94v-100), since Aguirre’s edition is missing the final article and the IRHT microfilm – pictured here – is not exactly easy reading!

CoSyn awarded grant from Denning Digital Humanities Initiative

We’re delighted to announce that CoSyn has been awarded a 2018-19 grant from the Roberta Bowman Denning Initiative in the Digital Humanities.  These grants support “projects that focus attention on Humanities and Technology, demonstrating the benefits of cross-disciplinary approaches in research and teaching.” This grant will support the creation of the online database, the development of a mapping tool, and a significant expansion of the underlying text corpus.

We are very grateful to the Denning Fund Committee for its support!


CoSyn receives Workshop Grant from France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Research

We are very grateful to the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Research for awarding us a 2018-19 workshop grant. The grant will support both the April 2019 project workshop at Stanford and the June 2019 concluding conference in Metz, allowing us to expand the number of trans-Atlantic participants. For more information on the Center and its mission, see here.

Stanford Project Workshop – April 18, 2018

The second trans-Atlantic project workshop was held yesterday at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), with Christine Barralis and project member Véronique Beaulande-Barraud flying in from Paris. The morning opened with a discussion of possible use cases for the text corpus, followed by an introduction to the beta version of the online platform led by the project’s technical advisor, Katie McDonough.

The afternoon saw a series of brainstorming sessions, surrounding the further development of the online platform and the text corpus, conference planning for the two spring 2019 gatherings, and a discussion of future publication plans. Lots of progress – and lots of new ideas to pursue!

First Look at the Beta Version of the Online Database

Thanks to the heroic efforts of our project developer, Stanford undergraduate Thawsitt Naing ’19, a beta version of the online CoSyn database will be ready for our upcoming Stanford project workshop.

Working alongside Katie McDonough, the Academic Technology Specialist in Stanford’s History Department, Thawsitt reconfigured the existing text corpus to run on PHILOLOGIC4, a full-text search, retrieval, and analysis tool developed by ARTFL. Thanks also to Clovis Gladstone, resident guru at ARTFL, for advice and assistance in overcoming many of the initial technical challenges. We’re excited to start testing it out!

CoSyn secures inaugural grant from Thomas Jefferson Fund – FACE Foundation!

In July 2017, we learned that CoSyn was among nine Franco-American collaborative projects to receive an inaugural grant from the FACE Foundation’s newly launched Thomas Jefferson Fund! 

 The Thomas Jefferson Fund “is designed to support new collaborations and the most innovative projects between promising young researchers in France and the United States. […] Inspired by the third American President’s commitment to strengthening French-American relations, the Thomas Jefferson Fund will bring young talented researchers together to initiate or strengthen their collaborative research activities, co-organize conferences, and author joint articles for high-level publications, in order to achieve game-changing discoveries.”

More information on the FACE Foundation and the Thomas Jefferson Fund can be found here.

We are very grateful to the bilateral selection committee for its support!

Corpus synodalium

Ce carnet vise à diffuser et alimenter les travaux du projet franco-américain « Diffusion des normes dans l’Église de la fin du Moyen Âge. Les législations ecclésiastiques locales en France et dans les territoires proches, 1215-1500 / Legal Diffusion in the Late Medieval Church : Local Ecclesiastical Legislation in France and its Neighbors, 1215-1500 », co-porté par Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine) et Rowan Dorin (Université de Stanford).

Alors que la question de la diffusion, au sein des statuts synodaux et provinciaux, du droit émanant des pontifes et conciles généraux a déjà fait l’objet d’un certain nombre d’études, la question des transferts de législations entre diocèses (et entre diocèses et provinces), des modalités et des limites de ces transferts, n’a guère été abordée que via la constitution de quelques grands livres synodaux du XIIIe siècle. Il s’agit donc d’un champ d’études encore largement en friche concernant de larges espaces (sud et est du royaume de France notamment) et les XIVe-XVe siècles. Continuer la lecture de « Corpus synodalium »