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!

CoSyn Workshop @ Stanford

CoSyn Keynote Reception – Stanford University, 26 April 2019

The third CoSyn Workshop is off to a great start! The day began with an overview of the Corpus Synodalium database and progress, followed by presentations of work-in-progress by Stanford graduate students Ana Núñez and Lane Baker. The afternoon session, moderated by Fiona Griffiths (Stanford), featured papers by Michelle Armstrong-Partida (UTexas-El Paso) on concubinage and clandestine marriage in late medieval Catalonia, Carole Avignon (Angers) on the vocabulary of betrothal, and Sara McDougall (John Jay College of Criminal Law-CUNY Graduate Ctr) on the treatment of illicit pregnancy in northern French ecclesiastical legislation. The afternoon concluded with a keynote address by Charles Donahue, Jr. (Harvard Law School) on the (very appropriate!) topic of “Why Should Anyone Care about Medieval Synodal Legislation?” – a question to which the day’s collective discussions offered a rich set of answers! 

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: »

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!