Learned Tools in Medieval Administration

Learned Tools in Medieval Administration

Veranstalter
Prof. Dr. Simon Teuscher (Universität Zürich), Prof. Dr. Joel Kaye (Barnard College), Prof. Dr. Lena Rohrbach (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
Veranstaltungsort
Universität Zürich Zentrum, Karl-Schmid-Str. 4, KO2 F 175
Ort
Zürich
Land
Switzerland
Vom - Bis
11.02.2010 - 13.02.2010
Von
Seidel, Kerstin

The conference explores the development and uses of administrative techniques and intellectual tools in administration during the later Middle Ages. It asks how techniques originally developed in theology and scholarship contributed to shaping the particular ways in which institutional power, including emerging state power, came to operate. It also poses the related question of how administrative practice reflected back on the period’s scholarly work. Some of the tools of administrative practice to be considered are means of organizing texts such as indexing, alphabetizing, numbering, glossing, using tables, and constructing diagrams. These will be considered alongside new forms of administrative ordering such as monetization and other techniques for the quantification of qualities and the rationalization of assessment procedures.

Programm

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

14:00
Simon Teuscher, University of Zurich
Learned Tools in Local Administration

14:45
Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, New York University
Dialogic Encounters: Scholastic Sign Theory, Law, and the Institutional Logic of Medieval Chanceries

15:30
Coffee break

16:00
Daniel Bitterli, University of Zurich
The Manessian Circle

16:45
Jon Vidar Sigurdsso, University of Oslo
Becoming a King’s Man: Churches and Learning in Iceland, c. 1260–1400

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

9:00
Mia Münster-Swendsen, University of Copenhagen
Learned Treatise and Legal Reform: The Purpose of Sven Aggesen’s 'Lex castrensis' Reconsidered

9:45
Patricia Pires Boulhosa, University of Cambridge
Content and Textual Arrangement in the Medieval Icelandic Grágás Manuscripts

10:30
Coffee break

11:00
Adam Kosto, Columbia University
'Statim invenire ante': Finding Aids in Prescholastic Legal and Administrative Texts

11:45
Már Jónsson, University of Iceland
Citing the Law in Medieval Norway and Iceland

12:30
Lunch

14:00
Lena Rohrbach, Humboldt-University Berlin
State-of-the-Art Law Books: Scandinavian Towns as Catalysers of Cultural Techniques?

14:45
Kerstin Seidel, University of Zurich
Law and Order: Applying Learned Tools to Popular Law Books

15:30
Coffee break

16:00
Moritz Wedell, University of Zurich
Know How versus Text: The Representation of Premetric Gauging-Techniques in a Strassburg Manuscript of 1338

16:45
Robert F. Berkhofer, Western Michigan University
Reckoning and Writing: Counting, Accounting, and Accountability

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

9:00
Arndt Brendecke, University of Bern
'Repartimiento': Dividing the Spoils of Conquest in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain

9:45
Giacomo Todeschini, Università di Trieste
Canon Law on Simony and the Growth of Credit Practices as Administrative Technique (XII–XIII C.)

10:30
Coffee break

11:00
Joel Kaye, Barnard College
Quantification of Qualities: Reflections of Administrative Measurement and Gradation in the Formation of the 'latitudo qualitatum' of Scholastic Medicine and Natural Philosophy

11:45
Final discussion

Kontakt

Kerstin Seidel

Universtität Zürich, Historisches Seminar
Culmannstr. 1, CH-8006 Zürich

kerstin.seidel@hist.uzh.ch