Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo - Call for papers

The Stephan Kuttner Institute for Medieval Canon Law is proud to announce their sponsored session for the May 8-11, 2014 Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

 "Medieval Canon Law and Society" will address how canon law dealt with various "everyday" issues in medieval society. Some possible topics would be canon law and abortion, or marriage, slavery, commerce, etc., but proposals on any topic that is relevant to the broader scope of the session are welcome.

There was virtually no area of medieval society that was not touched in some way by ecclesiastical law. Whether it was the church's interest in certain behaviors (marriage, abortion, usury) or the fact that ecclesiastical personnel or institutions were parties involved in a given situation, canon law found its way into every corner of society. Recently scholars of the canon law have begun to focus more attention on the social context in which the law was both framed and administered. This session will look at several issues to explore how church law and secular society existed in parallel or, sometimes, at cross purposes. It is hoped that this session will serve to heighten the awareness of the broader scholarly public about the pervasive influence that canon law exerted in the medieval world and about the usefulness of such insights for understanding the medieval social and cultural spheres in a more general way. 


Proposals should be sent to:

Mary E. Sommar

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Millersville Univ. of Pennsylvania

History Dept.

1 S. George St.

Millersville, PA 17551


Proposals must be received by September 1, 2013 to receive full consideration.



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