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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 945: Social Boundaries in Scandinavia and Iceland, V: The Limits of Law in the Medieval North - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:BFS-Project 'Transformations of Medieval Law', Trond Mohn Stiftelse / Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Alexander Wilson, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Keith Ruiter, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen

This round table discussion explores the conceptual 'limits' of law and legal process in Viking and medieval Scandinavia and Iceland. We investigate how historical sources and contemporary theoretical lenses inform modern understandings of how these societies both imagined law and practically implemented it. We argue that legal concepts necessarily involve the creation and maintenance of both tangible and intangible borders between different socio-legal categories, and investigate which conceptual limits shaped historical legal processes in Old Norse societies.

Participants include Hannah Burrows (University of Aberdeen), Helen Leslie-Jacobsen (Universitetet i Bergen), Anne Irene Riisøy (Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge), and Pragya Vohra (University of York).