The aim of the conference is to explore the effects of instability upon medieval European culture as a whole, or their reflected tensions in the structure of society. We especially hope to examine instability in two spheres of society: the political and ecclesiastical. The stratification inherent in these two spheres makes an examination of their instabilities key to understanding the stresses on medieval society. Of particular interest would be papers dealing with the implications of conflict between canonical and civil jurisdiction. Explorations of the tensions between similar social groups in different kingdoms or between differing social groups within nations are also sought.
Topics of investigation might include: Treason; Disobedience; Schism; Heresy; War; Rebellion; Famine; Crime; Corruption; Persecution; Ambition, or other relevant themes.
The conference will be held on 22-24 August, 2002 at Hatfield College, University of Durham. The organizers are seeking participants and proposals from both established scholars and current postgraduates. The deadline for title proposals is November 30, 2001. Proposals for presenting a paper should include the paper title and a 100-250 word abstract. All enquiries should be addressed via email to the Conference Organizers, or via normal mail to the address below. Further information and updates can be found on the conference website, listed below.
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