Symposium/Prog - Litigating Women: Negotiating Justice in Courts of Law, 28-29 June 2017, Swansea University, UK

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 28, 2017 12:00 to Jun 29, 2017 12:00

About the symposium

Welcome to the dedicated page of our symposium 'Litigating Women'! As part of our AHRC-funded collaborative project 'Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c. 1100-c.1750', and in conjunction with Swansea University's 11th annual 'Symposium by the Sea', this two-day event will explore women's access to justice and use of the lawcourts in Britain and Continental Europe in the medieval and early modern periods. With speakers ranging from senior academics to postgraduate students, we have dedicated 'new researcher' sessions for postgraduates, three keynotes, and a host of fascinating topics that cover, among other things, noblewomen's civil litigation in medieval England, Ireland and Normandy, German and French divorce suits in the Revolutionary period, and women's appeals to the Court of Sequestrations during the English Civil War.

Our three keynotes are:

Professor Emerita Janet Loengard, of Moravian College, Pennsylvania: 'Heiresses, widows, felons and others: thirteenth-century women in the king's court'.

Professor Sara Butler, The Ohio State University: 'Women and criminal law in medieval England'.

Professor Julie Hardwick, The University of Texas at Austin: 'The first time: young workers, consensual relationships, and the shift to physical intimacy in Old Regime France'.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 June at Swansea University's Singleton Campus.



9.00 - Registration Opens, Session: Land, Power and Frontier

10.30-11.00 - Speaker: Dr Sparky Booker (Queen’s University Belfast) ‘Property and lifecycle in later medieval English Ireland: dower, remarriage and frontier’.

11.00-11.30 - Speaker: Prof. Daniel Power (Swansea University) ‘“Matilda has her land in Normandy and should not be answered at law”: female litigants and the end of the Anglo-Norman realm, 1204-1260’.

11.30-12.00 - Coffee Break

12.00-13.00 - Keynote 1: Prof. Emerita Janet Loengard (Moravian College, Pennsylvania) ‘Heiresses, Widows, Felons and Others: Thirteenth-Century Women in the King’s Court’

13.00-14.00 - Lunch

14.00-15.30 - New Researcher Session: at the margins of the law

15.30-16.00 - Coffee Break

16.00-16.30 - Speaker: Dr Peter L. Larson (University of Central Florida)‘ Gender norms, local concerns and the places of women in the Durham Halmote courts, 1296-1662’.

16.30-17.00 - Speaker: Dr Milan Pajic (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge) ‘Economic activities of Flemish Women in the English borough court, 1351- 1381’.

17.00-17.15 - Break

17.15-18.15 - Keynote 2: Prof. Sara Butler (The Ohio State University) ‘Women and Criminal Law in Medieval England’.

18.15-19.15 - Reception

19.30 - Conference Dinner

THURSDAY - 29 June

8.00 - Registration Desk, Session: Women’s voices, women’s agency

9.00-9.30 - Speaker: Susan Maddock (University of East Anglia), ‘Insults, injuries and affray: the voices of women in Lynn’s leet court, 1309- 1434’

9.30-10.00 - Speaker: Prof. Loreen L. Giese (Ohio University), “Grevous Complaints”: negotiating female agency in the London consistory court’.

10.00-10.30 - Speaker: Dr Gwen Seabourne (Bristol University), ‘Voices and ventriloquisms: women between record and report in the English Common law’

10.30-11.00 - Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 - New Researcher Session: Family, marriage and property

12.30-13.45 - Lunch, Session: Work and the law

13.45-14.15 - Speaker: Dr Susan McDonough (University of Maryland, Baltimore), ‘Out of the brothel and into the court: prostitutes and criminal law in late medieval Marseille’

14.15-14.45 - Speaker: Dr Charmian Mansell (University of Exeter/IHR), ‘Female servants and the law in early modern England: a new perspective’

14.45-15.15 - Coffee Break

15.15-16.15 - Keynote 3: Prof. Julie Hardwick (The University of Texas at Austin), ‘The first time: young workers, consensual relationships, and the shift to physical intimacy in Old Regime France’

16.15-16.30 - Concluding Remarks

16.30 - End of conference

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