IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1536: Remembering, Reminding, Forgetting: Legal Memory in European Writing

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Arendse Lund, Department of English, University College London
Agata Zielinska, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Arendse Lund, Department of English, University College London
Paper 1536-aFaulty Memories: When Is a Tort Not Wrong?
(Language: English)
Lindsey McNellis, Department of History, West Virginia University
Index terms: Law, Rhetoric, Social History
Paper 1536-bPassing Memory: Borrowed Mnemonics in the Medieval Nordic Laws
(Language: English)
Seán Vrieland, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1536-cMemory, Property, Pastoral Care: Polish Episcopal Arengae in the 13th and 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Agata Zielinska, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
Abstract

Legal texts are records of values and mentalities, in which memory played an important role. By examining the various uses of memory in legal writing, this panel explores how memory – or the claims to memory – add to our understanding of the functioning of institutions and the theory and practice of law. In addition, we hope to look into how the employment of the legal memory and its function may have changed over time and space, the limits of legal memory, and consider the consequences of its inclusion or exclusion from documents.