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!