Pieter Brueghel the Younger - The Village LawyerThe Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700

Commissioned by: Oxford University Press
Academic Partners: Professor Lorna Hutson (St Andrews) with Professor Bradin Cormack (Princeton)

Contributors: Dr Alastair Bellany (Rutgers); Professor Christopher W. Brooks (Durham); Professor Martin Butler (Leeds); Professor Bradin Cormack (Princeton); Professor Alan Cromartie (Reading); Professor Frances E. Dolan (UC Davis); Professor Martin Dzelzainis (Leicester); Professor Kathy Eden (Columbia); Professor Peter Goodrich (Cardozo); Professor Paul D. Halliday (Virginia); Professor Steve Hindle (Huntington Library); Dr Edward Holberton (Cambridge); Professor Rab Houston (St Andrews); Professor Jean E. Howard (Columbia); Professor Daniel Hulsebosch (NYU); Professor Lorna Hutson (St Andrews); Professor David Ibbetson (Cambridge); Professor Constance Jordan (Claremont); Professor Norma Landau (UC Davis); Dr Sandra Macpherson (Ohio State); Dr James McBain (Fribourg/Oxford); Dr Margaret McGlynn (Western Ontario); Professor Bernadette Meyler (Stanford); Dr Subha Mukherji (Cambridge); Professor Mary Nyquist (Toronto); Dr Joshua Phillips (Memphis); Professor Paul Raffield (Warwick); Professor Joad Raymond (QMUL); Professor Jason Rosenblatt (Georgetown); Dr Carolyn Sale (Alberta); Professor Ethan Shagan (UC Berkeley); Professor Barbara Shapiro (UC Berkeley); Professor James Sharpe (York); Professor Quentin Skinner (QMUL); Professor Nigel Smith (Princeton); Dr Virginia Lee Strain (Loyola); Professor Tim Stretton (Saint Mary’s); Dr Henry Turner (Rutgers); Dr Elliot Visconsi (Notre Dame); Dr Christopher Warren (Carnegie Mellon); Dr Luke Wilson (Ohio State); Dr Ian Williams (UCL); Dr Jessica Winston (Idaho State); Dr Andrew Zurcher (Cambridge).

Description: The time is ripe for bringing leading scholars together to formulate a more integrated and legally informed set of approaches to British and Anglo-American history, politics and literature in the period 1500-1700.

In literary studies, it is now thirty years since new historicism and cultural materialism reinvigorated the question of how literary artefacts interact with modes of political, legal and religious subject formation. In response to the productive encounter between law and literature, but with a dissatisfaction at the answers offered by the new historical and cultural materialist approaches, a number of scholars of early modernity have been working to explore, in more nuanced and more local ways, the pervasive but elusive connections between the workings or practical mechanics of legal governance and those of the literary imagination.

These scholars have drawn attention the affective dimensions of legal language and to the deployment of classical forensic rhetoric in both legal practices and literary texts. They have attended to the implications of jurisdictional plurality and the literary, spiritual and political implications of the participatory dimension of English judicial administration. They have analysed the ways in which legal arguments were made, and explored what this can tell us about social and political relationships.

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(c) St Andrews University LibraryPower and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom

Funded by: Marie Curie Actions/ EU
Academic Partners: Dr Ana Rodríguez (CCHS-CSIC – Co-ordinator); Professor John Hudson (St Andrews); Dr Emanuele Conte (Roma Tre); Dr Caroline Humfress (Birkbeck); Sandro Carocci (Roma Tor Vergata); Professor Gadi Algazi (Tel Aviv); Professor Michel Kaplan (Paris I – Sorbonne); Professor Hugh Kennedy (SOAS).

Description: PIMIC is a four-year collaborative project by a team of western medievalists, Arabists and Byzantinists – eight partners from prestigious academic institutions and two private sector companies. PIMIC will coordinate scholarly work at pre- and post-doctoral levels, addressing particular questions from different perspectives, but integrated within a common and ambitious research programme on a vital historical question: ‘why did certain sorts of institutionalisation and institutional continuity come to characterise government and society in Christendom by the later Middle Ages, but not the Islamic world, whereas the reverse might have been predicted on the basis of the early medieval situation?’ In addressing this question, the PIMIC ITN aims to produce a number of interpretative answers stressing the fact that even though the whole Mediterranean basin shared a common classical legacy, institutions acquired distinctive configurations in different regions and periods.

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