2014/15

Semester 2, 2014-15


CMEMLL Research Seminar

Professor Lorna Hutson (University of St Andrews) – ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare

Wednesday 3 June, 2.00 – 3.30 pm
Watson Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

For a joint event between the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature and The Early Modern Society, Lorna Hutson, Berry Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, will lead a seminar on her most recent book Circumstantial Shakespeare.

Lorna’s interests are in the rhetorical bases of Renaissance literature, and in the relationship between literary form and the formal aspects of non-literary culture. Recent work includes the delivery of the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, 2012, on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’, the editing of Ben Jonson’s Discoveries (1641) for the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson (2012) and The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (OUP, 2007, pbk 2011), which won the Roland Bainton Prize for Literature in 2008. She is currently working, with Bradin Cormack, on the Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700, and directs CMEMLL, the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature.


CMEMLL Conference

Emotions in the Courtroom

3-4 May 2015
St John’s House, School of History

The recent surge of interest in the history of emotions has seen medievalists uncover a broad range of new source material recording the affective lives of Europeans in the Middle Ages. A parallel growth of interest in crime and judicial records from ecclesiastical and secular courts has identified these as excellent sources and made clear that the courtroom could be a locus for emotionally charged events. This one and a half day interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars of law, literature and history to examine the role that emotions played in legal conduct and procedure.

Keynote Speaker: Stephen D White (Emory/Harvard University)

Convenors: Kimberley-Joy Knight (CHE, The University of Sydney); Jamie Page (Durham University); John Hudson (University of St Andrews)

The symposium is free of charge but pre-booking is required before 25th April, 2015. For pre-booking and information, contact: kimberley.knight@sydney.edu.au


CMEMLL Conference

The English Legal Imaginary, 1500-1700, Parts I and II

Part I: Princeton University, 17-18 April, 2015

Part II: University of St Andrews, 1-2 May, 2015

 The English Legal Imaginary Part I The English Legal Imaginary, Part II

CMEMLL is delighted to announce The English Legal Imaginary, Part II, taking place in the School of English on 1-2 May, 2015. The English Legal Imaginary, Part II is an interdisciplinary conference involving leading scholars working at the intersections of law, politics, literature and history in early modern England. The conference papers will contribute to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. Topics include: Roman law and common law, law and drama; law and education; equity, legal reform and literary censorship.

Speakers include: Martin Butler, Bradin Cormack, Alan Cromartie, Steve Hindle; Rab Houston, Lorna Hutson, David Ibbetson, James McBain, Subha Mukherji, Joad Raymond, Carolyn Sale, James Sharpe, Erica Sheen, Quentin Skinner, Virginia Lee Strain, Elliott Visconsi, Ian Williams, Jessica Winston, and Andrew Zurcher.

The registration fees for this conference are: £30 for students and unwaged, and £40 for waged participants. This fee covers lunch and coffee/tea breaks on both days, in addition to the conference dinner on Friday 1, and the closing wine and cheese reception on Saturday 2 May.


CMEMLL Annual Lecture

Professor Sir John Baker (University of Cambridge) – ‘Magna Carta – Statute or Myth?’

Thursday 2 April, 2015, 5.15 pm
School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle

Sir John Baker, Downing Professor Emeritus of the Laws of England at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, will give a paper entitled ‘Magna Carta – Statute or Myth?’.

Professor Sir Baker’s research interests include English legal history, especially in the early-modern period; history of the legal profession and the Inns of Court; and manuscript law reports and readings.  Alongside his academic career, he is a Barrister at both the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn, and an Honorary Bencher at the Inner Temple.

His substantial list of publications most notably includes the Oxford History of the Laws of England, Volume VI: 1483-1558 (2003) and the frequently reprinted Introduction to English Legal History (1st ed. 1971, 2nd ed. 1979, 3rd ed. 1990, and 4th ed. 2002).  However, he has also published extensively on the Inns of Court, including Readings and Moots at the Inns of Court in the Fifteenth Century (2000) and most recently The Men of Court 1440 to 1550: A Prosopography of the Inns of Court and Chancery and the Courts of Law (2012).  He has further edited numerous collections of manuscripts and reports, including The Reports of Sir John Spelman  (1977), The Reports of William Dalison, 1552-1558 (2007), and Reports from the Time of Henry VIII (2003–04).

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.


Tuesday 21 April – No Reading Group


CMEMLL Research Lecture

Professor Paul Raffield (University of Warwick) – ‘Men of Violence, Men of Vision: John Davies and John Marston of the Middle Temple’

Wednesday 11 March, 2015, 5.15 pm
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

Paul Raffield, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, will give a paper entitled ‘Men of Violence, Men of Vision: John Davies and John Marston of the Middle Temple’.

Professor Raffield’s research interests include legal history, law and literature, and critical legal studies, and he has published extensively on theatre and the law, with a particular emphasis on Shakespeare. To a considerable degree, his research interests derive from his career as an actor and director, for 25 years prior to his appointment at Warwick. He was the co-organiser of a major international conference on Shakespeare and the Law, hosted by The University of Warwick in 2007: see P. Raffield and G. Watt (eds.), Shakespeare and the Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008).

His other publications include Images and Cultures of Law in Early Modern England: Justice and Political Power, 1558-1660 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), and his most recent sole-authored monograph, Shakespeare’s Imaginary Constitution: Late-Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010). This latter volume was nominated for the 2011 Inner Temple Book Prize, awarded every 3 years for a book which has made a profound contribution to the understanding of law in the United Kingdom.  He is also the founding co-editor of Law and Humanities, published by Hart Journals.


CMEMLL Reading Group

Alibis of Empire – Professor John Hudson (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 17 February, 2015, 1-2 pm
Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

John Hudson, Professor of Legal History at the University of St Andrews, will lead a reading group on Karuna Mantena’s Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).

Professor Hudson’s research interests began with law and land-holding in twelfth-century England, and this subject has remained central to much of his subsequent work, leading up to his recent volume of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, 871-1216 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).  Some of his legal history work plays with the applicability to mediaeval situations of ideas from modern legal theory; this work is furthered by his visiting association with the University of Michigan Law School, where he enjoys the title of William W. Cook Global Law Professor. He has two other main areas of research interest –  one is mediaeval historical writing, mostly in England, and the other is nineteenth-century writing on the Middle Ages, and in particular the work of the greatest of legal historians, F. W. Maitland.


CMEMLL Reading Group

Justice for Hedgehogs – Zoë Sutherland (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 3 February, 2015, 1-2 pm
Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

Zoë Sutherland, Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of St Andrews, will lead a reading group on Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs.

Zoë graduated in English from the University of St Andrews in 2009 and went on to study Law as a Queen Mother’s Scholar at the Middle Temple. She later specialised in human rights law, gaining an LLM with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London. In her previous work, while focusing on the jurisprudence of human dignity and the rise of ‘religitigation’ case law (Christian freedom of religion v LGBT equality), Zoë has drawn on Dworkin’s (arguably flawed) interpretative theory of ‘judgemental responsibility’ to demonstrate that dignity potentially reifies balancing exercises in human rights judgements, which are too often found to abrogate from either freedom or equality. Zoë also contributed to the amicus brief submitted by the International Commission of Jurists in Ladele & McFarlane v UK (Application nos. 51671/10 and 36516/10) and provided research assistance to Jill Marshall in writing Human Rights Law and Personal Identity. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2014.  She is now a Ph.D. candidate in the School of English, supervised by Lorna Hutson, and is working on a thesis on self-given law in Ben Jonson.


CMEMLL Reading Group

Early Career and Postgraduate Research – Cory Hitt, Julianne Mentzer, Sarah White

Tuesday 27 January, 2015, 1-2 pm
Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

Cory Hitt, Julianne Mentzer, and Sarah White will each give a 5-minute presentation on their current research, which will be followed by questions and group discussion.

Cory Hitt graduated with a degree in English from the College of William & Mary in 2011. After working for two years in the aerospace and defines industry as a lobbying assistant, she came to the University of St Andrews on a Marie Curie fellowship with PIMIC (Power & Institutions in Medieval Islam & Christendom), an EU-funded International Training Network. She is in the second year of her PhD, currently working on developing models of transmission of honour codes and legal expertise within the context of Icelandic and Anglo-Norman literature under the supervision of John Hudson.

Julianne Mentzer received her BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy, and an MA (Hons) in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.  She then relocated to Scotland, and completed her MLitt in Renaissance Studies from the University of Strathclyde.  She is now a Ph.D. candidate in the School of English, supervised by Lorna Hutson, and her thesis will explore the rhetoric of friendship and the role of flattery in early modern homosocial relationships.

Sarah White received her BA (Hons) in Medieval Studies from the University of Victoria, and her MA (Hons) in the same field from the University of Toronto.  She is now a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval History, supervised by John Hudson.  She is interested in legal arguments and equity in Church courts in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and her thesis is provisionally entitled ‘Process and Procedure in the thirteenth-century Court of Canterbury’.

Short excerpts of reading material may be circulated in advance of the session.


Semester 1, 2014-15


CMEMLL Reading Group

Dr Margaret Connolly (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 16 December, 2014, 1-2 pm
Stephen Boyd Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Margaret Connolly, Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, will lead a reading group entitled ‘Middle English Verse Charters of Christ’.

Dr Connolly’s research concerns later medieval English literature and its manuscript context, and she has a strong interest in book history. Of her previous publications, the most relevant in this context to mention is an essay, ‘Sixteenth-Century Readers Reading Fifteenth-Century Religious Books: The Roberts Family of Middlesex’ that has recently appeared in a volume edited by Nicole Rice, Middle English Religious Writing in Practice: Texts, Readers, and Transformations (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013).


CMEMLL Reading Group

Professor Lorna Hutson and Julianne Mentzer (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 18 November, 2014, 1-2 pm
Stephen Boyd Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Lorna Hutson, Berry Professor of English Literature and Julianne Mentzer, Ewan & Christine Brown Ph.D. Scholar in the School of English, will lead a reading group on Ben Jonson’s Everyman In His Humour.  

Professor Hutson’s interests are in the rhetorical bases of Renaissance literature, and in the relationship between literary form and the formal aspects of non-literary culture.  Her recent work includes the delivery of the Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures, 2012, on ‘Circumstantial Shakespeare’, the editing of Ben Jonson’s Discoveries (1641) for the Cambridge Complete Works of Ben Jonson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007; pbk 2011), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature in 2008.

Julianne Mentzer is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of English, supervised by Lorna Hutson. Her Ph.D. project will explore the rhetoric of friendship and the role of flattery in early modern homosocial relationships.


CMEMLL Reading Group

Professor John Hudson (University of St Andrews)

Tuesday 21 October, 2014, 1-2 pm
Stephen Boyd Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

John Hudson, Professor of Legal History at the University of St Andrews, will lead a reading group entitled ‘Drafting Magna Carta’.

This reading group will involve a close comparison of the famous Magna Carta of 1215 and a preceding set of demands known as The Articles of the Barons.  Drawing on these texts, we will consider issues of the minutiae of drafting, of these and other documents; the composers of the Charter; and political thought.

Professor Hudson’s research interests began with law and land-holding in twelfth-century England, and this subject has remained central to much of his subsequent work, leading up to his recent volume of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, 871-1216 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).  Some of his legal history work plays with the applicability to mediaeval situations of ideas from modern legal theory; this work is furthered by his visiting association with the University of Michigan Law School, where he enjoys the title of William W. Cook Global Law Professor. He has two other main areas of research interest –  one is mediaeval historical writing, mostly in England, and the other is nineteenth-century writing on the Middle Ages, and in particular the work of the greatest of legal historians, F. W. Maitland.


SAIMS Research Seminar

Professor Phillip Schofield (University of Aberystwyth)

Monday 13 October, 2014, 5.15 pm
Old Class Library, St John’s House, School of History

Phillipp Schofield, Professor of Mediaeval History at Aberystwyth University, will give a paper entitled ‘Litigation and the nature of proof in English manorial courts in the later thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries.’

Professor Schofield is presently undertaking a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on the Great Famine in early fourteenth-century England.  He is also engaged in writing up AHRC-funded research on litigation on manorial courts and seals in medieval Wales, and is completing a volume for Manchester University Press on Peasants and Historians: the historiography of the medieval English peasantry. He is also co-editor of the Economic History Review.

His publications include: With R.A. Griffiths, eds., Wales and the Welsh in the Middle Ages (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011); with Thijs Lambrecht, Credit and the rural economy in North-western Europe, c. 1200-c.1800 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009); and Peasant and community in medieval England (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003).


CMEMLL Reading Group

Early Career and Postgraduate Research: Dr Rachel E Holmes, Will Eves, Doyeeta Majumder

Tuesday 16 September, 2014, 1-2 pm
Stephen Boyd Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Rachel E. Holmes, Will Eves, and Doyeeta Majumder will each give a 5-minute presentation on their current research, which will be followed by questions and group discussion.

Dr Holmes is an Early Career Researcher and Assistant to the Directors of the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL).  She works comparatively in law and literature, and is interested in areas of friction between secular and ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the early modern period, and related anxieties about sexual contracts.  She is currently working on a monograph proposal based on her AHRC funded Ph.D. thesis, Casos de Honra: Honouring Clandestine Contracts and Italian Novelle in Early Modern English and Spanish Drama, supervised by Professor Lorna Hutson.

Will Eves has a background in law, graduating from the University of Warwick with an LL.B (first class hons.) in 2006 and an LL.M (with distinction) in 2007. After working in an employment law firm for a short time he decided to change direction and dive into the somewhat hazier, but much more intriguing, world of medieval law. He came to St Andrews in 2011 for the M.Litt in medieval history and is now working on an AHRC funded Ph.D. thesis entitled The Assize of Mort d’Ancestor in the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries, supervised by Professor John Hudson.

Doyeeta Majumder obtained her B.A. (2008) and M.A. (2010) in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. She started her Ph.D. entitled ‘The ‘New Prince’ and the Problem of ‘Lawmaking’ Violence in Early Modern Drama’ in September 2011, under the supervision of Professor Lorna Hutson. Her research interest lies primarily in Early Modern notions of sovereignty, tyranny and usurpation as they manifest themselves in drama and in juridico-political treatises.

Short excerpts of reading material may be circulated in advance of the session.

 

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