Papacy and the Periphery, c.1050-c.1300 – Conference

Despite their peripheral location, Christendom’s frontier kingdoms and outer-regions were arguably far from peripheral in importance. These peripheral kingdoms acted as a counter-balance to those powers located at the core of Christendom and they were fundamental to the papacy’s conception of Europe and its hierarchy. By considering the periphery we can appreciate ‘reform’ in a more nuanced manner, comprehending the papacy’s approach in different geographical locations. It is the intention of this conference to bring together PhDs, ECRs, and academics working on the papacy and the periphery across Europe from the eleventh to the end of the thirteenth century, to increase dialogue and exchange, in order to help better understand the centrality of the periphery for the papacy.

We invite papers on all topics relating to the papacy and the periphery, with particular regions of interest being: England, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, eastern Europe, the Levant, and Iberia. Consideration of one or comparison between different regions are equally valid approaches. We also invite papers from those who may wish to address the periphery theme from a non-geographic perspective, for instance focusing on peripheral groups of people.

Anne Duggan (KCL): ‘Sicut ex litteris vestris accepimus…Papal rescripta and responsa: the links that bound the regions to the papal centre’
Kriston Rennie (UNBC): ‘“Building up the Body of Christ”: Consolidating Papal Authority in the Eleventh Century’
Rebecca Rist (Reading): ‘The Papacy and its Relationship to Religious Minority Groups (Jews, Muslims and Heretics) in the High Middle Ages’
Mark Philpott (Oxford): ‘Problematising Peripheries: Some Canterbury Perspectives’

The conference is hosted by the University of St Andrews, and will be online.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the conference organiser Callum Jamieson by 5pm on Friday 30th July 2021 with a short abstract of 250 Words for a paper of 20 minutes in length.