The fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean took place at the University of Lincoln from Monday 13th July to Wednesday 15th July 2015.
The theme of the conference was “Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean” and the keynotes were delivered by Professor Simon Doubleday (Hofstra University: "Illegitimate Approaches") and Dr Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh: “Rituals of accession in early Islam: a comparative perspective”).
The programme of the conference can be viewed on our conference blog.
Themes of the Conference
The themes of the conference were:
- Roman, Canon and municipal law in the medieval Mediterranean
- Lawyers: their identities, status and practice
- Disputes, dispute settlement
- Legal agreements (e.g. charters, treaties)
- Law codes and codification
- Manuscripts of law codes, charters, etc.
- Legal training in the medieval Mediterranean
- Ritual sites and ritual objects
- Law, treaties and rituals in visual and material culture
- Trading and other contractual agreements
- Oath-making and oath-breaking
- Outlaws, criminals and rebels
- Scribal practices and legal record-keeping
We host a biennial conference which brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to present and discuss their work, thus providing a forum for the exchange of ideas on the Medieval Mediterranean. Our next conference will be held in July 2019.
Membership of the society provides a range of benefits including copies of Al-Masāq delivered to your door and reduced rates for participation in our conferences.
These web pages introduce the Society and its peer-review journal: Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean, as well as providing details of our biennial conference series.