IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 420: Borders of Social and Legal History: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:The National Archives
Organisers:Stephanie Brown, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Laura Flannigan, Faculty of History University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chairs:Stephanie Brown, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Laura Flannigan, Faculty of History University of Cambridge
Abstract

This round table discussion will discuss the socio-legal approach to medieval history. We will explore the current relationship between social and legal history and ask whether there is a future for socio-legal methodologies. We will ask if one person can be truly interdisciplinary, or whether there needs to be more collaboration between lawyers and historians. This session will ask how the field has developed since the ‘new social history’ approach of the 1970s and assess the new questions, records, and methods needed to move forward. It will also consider how we teach social and legal history to the next generation.

Participants include Amanda Bevan (The National Archives, Kew), Christopher Briggs (University of Cambridge), Sean Cunningham (The National Archives, Kew), Edward Powell (University of Cambridge), Gwen Seabourne (University of Bristol), and Deborah Youngs (Swansea University).