London, United Kingdom

Law and Literature, c. 1150-1550

when 6 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 500

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

This intensive seminar introduces MA and PhD students to law and literature in medieval and early modern England. Students will be given hands-on experience with manuscripts and rare books, including historical records at the National Archives and books of canon law at the British Library. Instructors will also guide students through scholarly criticism in the field of law and literature, navigating such topics as marriage, insurgency and treason, witnessing, homicide, personhood, disability, and property.

Students will be expected to develop a topic throughout the week and present it on the final day of the seminar in front of a panel of leading experts in the field.

Course leader

Prof. Sebastian Sobecki, University of Groningen
Prof. Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Target group

This school is intended for MA and PhD students at all levels, postdoctoral researchers. No prior knowledge of medieval law and legal history is required, but we expect participants to be following a graduate course with a medieval or early modern concentration in history, literature, or a related area.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Understand medieval England's legal system
- Recognise and distinguish different types of legal genres and documents
- Analyse various forms of interaction between law and literature
- Develop and pursue your own research project on law and literature

Credits info

2 EC
Participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 56 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 500: includes lunches, tea and coffee breaks, the final dinner, textbook, and a tour of the Inns of Court
Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. For a list of possibilities, kindly contact the organisers.