CFP: [Medieval] Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England (9/15/07; Kalamazoo 5/8/08-5/11/08)

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Nicole Marafioti
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43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
8-11 May 2008
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI

Execution, mutilation, and bodily punishment permeate our understanding of
Anglo-Saxon judicial practice. In addition to the Old English law codes
that prescribe death and mutilation for criminal offenders, physical
penalties figure prominently in biblical exegesis and theological
discourse, in hagiographical and literary texts, in works of art, and in
the archaeology of the pre-Conquest landscape.

This session will offer an interdisciplinary approach to the role of
capital and corporal punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. We seek papers
that consider the legal, practical, theological, and ethical considerations
that surrounded the sentencing of offenders. Explorations of individual
penalties, of specific texts or visual depictions, or of the wider context
of physical punishment are also welcome. Please submit abstracts for
twenty-minute papers by 15 September to:

Nicole Marafioti
Cornell University
259 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Organizers: Jay Paul Gates and Nicole Marafioti

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