Call for papers

The Academic Committee welcomes proposals for papers or sessions on any topic touching upon medieval canon law, including, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Texts and Jurisprudence
  • The Influence of the ius commune on the Western Legal Tradition and International Law
  • Canon Law and Local Ecclesiastical History
  • Canon Law, Theology, and Pastoral Care
  • Medieval Law in Comparative Perspective

The chronological focus of the Congress is typically on c. 500 – c. 1500, but select papers or sessions may also be accepted on Early Christian Canon Law and, in light of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s burning of the Corpus iuris canonici, Canon Law and the Reformation.

The Academic Committee invites proposals for individual 20-minute papers or complete sessions of four 20-minute papers. Papers may be delivered in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Scholars not presenting in English are encouraged to utilize PowerPoint presentations and/or to provide written English summaries of their papers.

Regular sessions will not feature papers on text-editing projects. Updates on critical editions or other text-editing projects will be showcased in a poster session during the Congress. Scholars who wish to present on such projects may submit two proposals if they desire, one for the text-editing poster session and another for a regular session.

All proposals must include, for each participant, the following information: name (with title); position and institutional affiliation; email address; postal address; language of presentation; working title of paper (or poster presentation); and a 200-250 word abstract of the paper (or poster project).

Proposals for papers or poster presentations should be submitted using this form.

Session proposals should be submitted with this form.

Proposals are due on August 15, 2019.

More information about the Congress, its sessions, special instructions for the poster session, accommodations, travel, and Saint Louis University may be found on the Congress website. Contact us with your questions.

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