With the Conceptual Forum, the Kolleg introduces a new workshop format for the interdisciplinary discussion of current methodological and theoretical suggestions for historical and legal-historical research. The first event on 15 and 16 December is dedicated to the approach of legal history as the history of normative knowledge described by Thomas Duve.
In the winter semester, the Fellows of the Kolleg will again give insights into their research projects at the public "Fellow Lectures". The first lecture by Professor Susanne Lepsius from LMU Munich on 13 October will take the audience to the medieval kingdom of Sicily, where an important centre of jurisprudence emerged as early as the 13th century.
In October, the Kolleg once again welcomes two new fellows. The historian Hillard von Thiessen (University of Rostock) will study competitions between norms in the early modern period during his one-year stay in Münster. Ancient historian Hans Beck (WWU Münster) investigates political systems in ancient Greece.
The first two issues of the EViR Working Papers have been published to launch a new in-house format: current research reports, conference papers and joint working papers will be published in this digital and printed open access series.
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster „Einheit und Vielfalt im Recht | Legal Unity and Pluralism" (EViR) is inviting applications for fellowships (6 to 12 months) for the period from October 2023 until May 2025. Eligible to apply are humanities scholars (postdoc and onwards) who are working on the research topics of the Kolleg. Click here for the call for applications.
How is predictability ensured in situations of legal pluralism? How, for example, did late medieval long-distance merchants negotiate the normative patterns according to which they wanted to conduct their business? These and other questions will be addressed on 5 and 6 October 2022 at the workshop "How to Ensure Predictability. Northern Europe in the Later Middle Ages".
In September, the Kolleg welcomes two new fellows: the historian Leslie Carr-Riegel and the legal historian Jakub Urbanik. We wish them both a good start in Münster and look forward to stimulating collaborations.
In August, three researchers begin their fellowships at the Kolleg: historian Dieter Gosewinkel, legal historian Mia Korpiola and legal historian Heikki Pihlajamäki. We wish them a good start in Münster and look forward to stimulating collaborations.
Taking place from 15 to 17 September, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg’s first annual conference will explore the relationship between legal exception and pluralism. In doing so, it will address the question of how far the relationship between unity and plurality marks the same or a similar borderline as the relationship between rule and exception. Bringing together researchers from history, legal history, and anthropology, the international conference will mark the culmination of the annual theme “Exception and Plurality”.
The workshop series “Gesellschaftliche Diversität und Phänomene rechtlicher Einheit und Vielfalt in der vormodernen Stadt” (Social Diversity and Phenomena of Legal Unity and Pluralism in the Pre-Modern City) enters its second round. Having focused on trade, it will now deal on 6 September 2022 with the effects of religious and denominational diversity on forms of legal pluralism and unity.
How is Europe’s plurality represented in different narratives? This question will be explored in an international workshop entitled “Narrating Europe’s Pluralities: Unity, Diversity and Exceptionality”, which will take place at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg in Münster on 1 and 2 September 2022.
In June, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg welcomes the social and legal anthropologist Dr Andrea Nicolas as a new fellow. Dr Nicolas will spend a whole year at the Kolleg, during which time she will conduct research on legislative and juridical procedures of the African Oromo.
Roman law was by no means as uniform and systematic as is sometimes assumed. Only in the course of time did its various layers flow together and legal plurality gradually became unity. The German-language conference “Ausnahme und Vielfalt im römischen Recht” (Exception and Plurality in Roman Law) from 7 to 9 July 2022 will trace this development.
The 7th Kolloquium zu Kriminalität und Strafjustiz in der Neuzeit (Colloquium on Crime and Criminal Justice in the Modern Era) will take place in Dresden from 8 to 10 June 2022 and is entitled Kriminalität, Recht und Räumlichkeit (Crime, Law and Spatiality). For three days, the participants will intensively discuss the significance of the category of spatiality for the history of crime and legal history.
In the summer semester of 2022, the public Fellow Lectures of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg will focus on phenomena of legal unity and pluralism. The series will kick off on 28 April with a lecture by Dr. Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz from the University of Helsinki on maritime trade in Roman antiquity. (press release in German)
As of 1 April, Dr. Gregor Albers from the University of Bonn is the Research Professor at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster, succeeding Prof. Dr. Patrick Sänger. Together with the Board of Directors, the legal scholar and legal historian Albers will help to shape the direction of the Kolleg for two years while placing new thematic emphases.
Four scholars will begin their work at the Kolleg on 1 April. Professor Susanne Lepsius, Professor Eva Schlotheuber and Dr Olga Kozubska will spend the next six resp. twelve months to pursue their research projects on medieval and early modern law. Professor Dorothea Schulz will take up a so-called Münster Fellowship, which the Kolleg will award for the first time in the summer term of 2022.
From 6 to 8 April 2022, the conference "Von Bußen und Strafen. Gerichtliche Verfolgung von Unrecht" will take place in Münster. Criminal justice, criminal law practice, but also scholarly discussions of criminal science are at the centre of this academic colloquium, which links traditional approaches to the history of criminal law with the more recent historiography on crime. The event takes place in German.
2021 was a year marked by new beginnings for the new Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Legal Unity and Pluralism". In June, the Kolleg, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), began its work. Only a month later, we welcomed our first fellows. In addition to a review of the past year, the annual report offers insights into the thematically diverse research at the Kolleg through project presentations and detailed interviews.
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg is looking for a research associate (E 13 TV-L) to start on 1 April 2022. A full-time position is offered, limited until 31 May 2025. The position will serve as an interface between the administration of the Kolleg and the fellows and will be dedicated to organising the day-to-day life of the Kolleg and maintaining academic life. The scope of duties also includes independent research on relevant issues from the research fields of the Kolleg. Click here for the job offer [in German].
The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster „Einheit und Vielfalt im Recht“ (EViR, ‘Legal Unity and Pluralism‘) is inviting applications for fellowships (6 to 12 months) for the period until May 2025. Eligible to apply are humanities scholars (postdoc and onwards) who are working on the research topics of the Kolleg. Click here for the call for applications.