Law and Ritual in the Middle Ages – Call for Papers

22-23 September 2016 at the Frisian Academy, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

We are happy to announce the upcoming interdisciplinary conference on medieval legal history and invite colleagues whose research touches upon aspects of law and ritual in the Middle Ages to submit proposals for papers of 20 minutes’ duration. A title and an abstract of 200-250 words should be sent by e-mail to or one or more members of the organising committee (see e-mail addresses below). Speakers will be able to claim back their travel expenses from the Voices of Law International Network. 


The final programme will be published soon thereafter. All proposals and presentations should be in English. Selected papers will be published.

Suggested thematic strands are:

  • Performance of law: legal procedures and rituals in practice
  • Connections between judicial and social relationships
  • Ritual sites and ritual objects
  • Law and rituals in visual and material culture
  • Legal rituals vs. non-legal rituals
  • Oath-making and oath-breaking

The conference is sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust through the International Networks Grant.

The Organising Committee:

Dr Jenny Benham, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University –

Dr Han Nijdam, Frisian Academy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences –

Dr Melissa Julian-Jones, Network Facilitator for ‘Voices of Law: Text, Language and Practice’, 

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University –