IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1136: Voices of Law, II: Memory, Orality, and Legal Performance

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Voices of Law: Language, Text & Practice
Organiser:Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1136-aCompurgation as Legal Performance in 13th-Century Norway
(Language: English)
Ole-Albert Rønning, Institutt for Arkeologi, Bevaring og Historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 1136-bA Performance of Forgetting: Exploring Legal Stigmas in Early Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Keith Ruiter, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Social History
Paper 1136-cTraces of Orality and Literacy in the Old Frisian Laws
(Language: English)
Han Nijdam, Fryske Akademy, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Law

The second session in the Voices of Law series focuses on the interplay of memory and orality in the performance of law, focusing on Old Frisian and Scandinavian law from the early to high Middle Ages. Compurgation as legal performance, tracing elements of orality and literacy, and the question of selective memory – what was remembered and what was forgotten, and why – are explored in these three papers.